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A Grieving Family's Home Burglarized During Funeral

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 It is one of those stories you hear about from time to time, and every time, you can't believe someone would stoop this low.  A family that lives north of Delano in Franklin Township was attending the funeral of a loved one. Then came home and found their grief had been exploited.

"It was one of the largest funerals I've ever been a part of.  We had 500 people," says Father Paul Kammen of St. Peter's Catholic Church.

The memorial service on Wednesday nearly overflowed St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Kammen continues, "We even had chairs in the aisles, which is something that we do on Easter and Christmas."

50-year-old Steven Crowley, a veteran in the investment business and a wine connoisseur, had moved his family to the country north of Delano in 2006 to open a horse breeding and training business next to their home.

Last Friday morning, an oncoming driver crossed the center line on highway 12 and hit the father of three was killed.

"People unfortunately read the obituary and might know you're gone.  You hear about these things happening when people maybe say on Facebook or Twitter about going on vacation for two weeks, but you wouldn't think at a funeral that would happen."

Then Wednesday afternoon, his wife returned from his funeral to find their home burglarized.

Apparently their tragedy had been taken advantage of.

The Wright County Sheriff's Department says there are no similar cases, so it's not a pattern but it does happen.

Father Kammen is now advising people to have a house sitter during funerals.

"It is pretty rare. I think most people respect that people are grieving, and you'd think no one would take advantage of that but apparently people do," says Kammen.

Right now, the only information that's a lead for investigators is somebody saw a dark grey colored suburban type vehicle in the area at the time.

They are not sure if the vehicle is actually connected to the burglary.

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