Family believes thieves used obituary information to rob homes - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Family believes thieves used obituary information to rob homes

Posted: Updated:
TYRONE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) -

(02/18/13) - It sounds almost too ridiculous to be real. Unfortunately, a Fenton-area family says it is real for them.

They believe thieves used obituary information to rob their homes.

Two of their homes, in Livingston County and some 15 miles apart, were hit Valentine's Day. They say they were robbed, while they were away, during the first visitation day for their loved one.

Elaine Kinsman and her Daughter Marissa West spoke to ABC12 Monday.

"He'd been battling cancer for seven years," said Elaine, of her late husband Doug Kinsman.

He passed away last week. Doug was 65.

"He developed pneumonia and just couldn't make it through," Elaine said.

When she returned to their Tyrone Township home after his first day of visitation?

"The door was open. The cold air was blowing in," Elaine said.

She says dresser drawers were also open, her jewelry box empty and the bathroom counter cleared.

The wedding ring her husband had been unable to wear?

"That was gone too. His college graduation ring was gone."

Elaine says both silver boxes, her wedding flatware included, were missing too, as well as a small safe.

If that wasn't bad enough?

Some 15 miles away in Hartland, her daughter Marissa West was experiencing the same thing. Her home had been robbed, too.

"I thought this can't be happening," West said.

Their family could only come to one conclusion - Doug's obituary with all the obligatory information outlining when and where they would be away from their homes.

"Thirty years ago, when my father died, my mother would not let us put an obituary in the paper for this very reason," Elaine said. "In hindsight, that (Doug's) obituary would have been written very differently."

The Kinsman family urges you to just think about what you're providing and to maybe not share as much information if possible.

Both incidents have been reported to the Livingston County Sheriff's Department. ABC12 was not able to reach investigators for comment.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Explosion blows hole in Genesee Township MMR building

    Explosion blows hole in Genesee Township MMR building

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:49:42 GMT
    An explosion in Genesee Township blew a hole in an MMR building, Tuesday morning.
    An explosion in Genesee Township blew a hole in an MMR building, Tuesday morning.
  • Revitalizing downtown Saginaw

    Revitalizing downtown Saginaw

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-04-23 04:01:42 GMT
    (4/22/14) - Residents of Saginaw's newest downtown development got a chance to get to know their community Tuesday night.A coffee shop called Dawn of the New Day hosted a meet and greet for locals.The overall goal is to work together to revitalize the heart of the city.One major part of that is the luxury apartments now being leased out in the Eddy Building and even more that are near completion in the Bancroft Building across the street.Both sit on Washington Avenue helping to make downtown ...
    (4/22/14) - Residents of Saginaw's newest downtown development got a chance to get to know their community Tuesday night.A coffee shop called Dawn of the New Day hosted a meet and greet for locals.The overall goal is to work together to revitalize the heart of the city.One major part of that is the luxury apartments now being leased out in the Eddy Building and even more that are near completion in the Bancroft Building across the street.Both sit on Washington Avenue helping to make downtown ...
  • Daycare to open in Saginaw to serve special needs children

    Daycare to open in Saginaw to serve special needs children

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-04-23 04:00:19 GMT
    (4/22/14) - A Saginaw mother was struggling to find a place to take her daughter, Emma Grace, for daycare.So, she decided to open a place for Grace and so many others with special needs.It will be the first of its kind in our area and so many children could benefit.There are more than 1,000 special needs children in Saginaw County.Rooms, services and educational plans will be specifically created for each child's needs.Nicole Royer, executive director for A Place for Grace says, "We don't hav...
    (4/22/14) - A Saginaw mother was struggling to find a place to take her daughter, Emma Grace, for daycare.So, she decided to open a place for Grace and so many others with special needs.It will be the first of its kind in our area and so many children could benefit.There are more than 1,000 special needs children in Saginaw County.Rooms, services and educational plans will be specifically created for each child's needs.Nicole Royer, executive director for A Place for Grace says, "We don't hav...
Powered by WorldNow

abc12.com

ABC12 Main Station
810-233-3130

Mailing Address:
2302 Lapeer Road
Flint, Michigan 48503

Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WJRT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.