Cops: Man breaks into funeral home, hangs out for hours, steals dead man's clothes

A Kentucky man broke into a funeral home and was captured on surveillance video stealing the clothes of a dead man and lounging around for hours, police said.

The unidentified suspect is seen stripping naked before putting on underwear, pants, a shirt and a blazer meant to be the burial attire of a male body whose visitation service was scheduled for the next day, mortuary owner Jayson Watson told Tuesday.

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The break-in happened last week, Watson said. He didn’t immediately notice anything amiss when he opened the funeral home Thursday.

“It took a few minutes. Then I started noticing things were missing and not in their right place,” he said. The first thing that struck him odd was a piece of paper taped over the internal security camera.

Then Watson played back the surveillance video.

“He was too late” in covering the camera, Watson said. “There was already more than three hours of him wandering around and taking a dead man’s clothes,” he said.

“He’s not the most clever of criminals.”

Police have asked the public’s help in identifying the man seen on camera.

“We have some persons of interest,” Leitchfield Police Department Officer Todd Oller said. “That’s about all I can say until we have somebody in custody.”

Watson said he does not recognize the person captured on security footage.

“I have no idea who he is,” Watson said.

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The man stayed inside the Watson & Hunt Funeral Home for more than three hours. “You can see him get a Coke out of the fridge,” Watson said. “You can see him just walking around looking for things to take.

“He took a couple of naps,” and was seen nodding off in an office chair, Watson said.

Besides clothes, the burglar also took jewelry belonging to the dead man and a PlayStation 3 in Watson’s office that his kids use when visiting dad, Watson said.

The culprit jimmied a back door to get in, Watson said.

The business has no burglar alarm.

“We’ve never needed one,” he said. “We’re a small town. Things like this typically don’t happen here.”

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