Two area homes were burglarized within a week while the homeowners were attending funerals.
Last Thursday night, Rhonda Moneymaker and her husband found their Avon home ransacked. They were gone most of the day for her mother's funeral.
A florist making a delivery at her house said he saw a man and a woman pull out of her driveway in a blue-green Ford.
"He seen them run out, had no idea what was going on," she explained. "I just can't imagine someone doing this to someone when they're- grieving the loss of their mother and attending her funeral."
"I haven't even had a chance to grieve the loss of my mother," said Moneymaker.
On Monday, a burglar broke into Nadene Woods' Southport Road home while she attended a friend's funeral. The side door had been kicked in and she was missing several items including a gold watch.
IMPD spokeswoman Sgt. Linda Jackson said the victim usually knows the criminal.
"Something like this, probably more than likely, is related to an individual that might be familiar with the family, what the family is going through," said Jackson.
She said anyone who is going to attend a funeral should ask a trusted neighbor to keep a watch over things or call their district police office and ask for a patrol around the neighborhood.
Moneymaker doesn't believe she knows who ransacked her home. Instead, she's convinced someone targeted her after reading her mother's obituary.
"We've lived here almost 26 years. Nice, quiet neighborhood, don't know anyone in our lives that could possibly do this to us."
She also doesn't recognized the man caught in surveillance video using her stolen credit card at a local K-Mart.
Since the incident, she and her husband have added a security system. She hopes her story will warn others to take extra care when they leave their homes.