UPDATE: Portage Co. Man Accused of Stealing from the Dead

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

JUNCTION CITY, Wis. (AP) -- A Chippewa County man is accused of stealing from the dead.

Thirty-two-year-old Seth Furgason of Junction City is charged with stealing from the estate of a Town of Howard man who died from cancer in March.

The Chippewa Herald reports Furgason is charged with armed burglary, theft and possessing a firearm by a felon.

According to the complaint, a semi-automatic handgun and boxes of baseball cards from the 1960s, `70s and `80s were taken from the dead man's home, along with two chain saws and a debut issue of Sports Illustrated.

Furgason's girlfriend told investigators he was involved in similar burglaries in two other counties. The girlfriend said she drove Furgason at the crime scenes.

Furgason's attorney, Matt Torgerson, says he just received the complaint and had no comment.

ORIGINAL STORY: 4/23 at 3:48 p.m.

A Wisconsin Rapids man is behind bars in western Wisconsin after investigators say he burglarized the homes of people that had recently died.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says in March officers were called to a home northwest of Chippewa Falls that had been burglarized after the owner had passed away.

Deputies say an investigation led them to Seth Furgason, 32. He was arrested last week at his home in Wisconsin Rapids. Investigators have also arrested another person in the case, but have not yet said her role.

According to a news release, items from multiple burglaries were found at his home.

Furgason is believed to be the suspect in multiple crimes in Shawano, Portage, Trempealeau, Dunn and of course Chippewa counties.

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