• Police arrest two for alleged connection to 'obituary burglary'


    TEWKSBURY, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) Two people were arrested this week for their alleged connection to what police call an "obituary burglary."

    Michael Shannon, 19, of Billerica, and Julia Didonato, 20, of Tewksbury were reportedly in possession of items stolen during a Dec. 12, 2012 break-in at a home on Elm Street in Tewksbury.

    Investigators say items belonging to the victims were found at a Methuen pawn shop. They also claim an investigation revealed that Shannon and Didonato were in possession of the property.

    The property will be returned to the victims.

    Both suspects are charged with receiving stolen property over $250.

    In December, FOX 25 interviewed Bryan Fleury, whose family's home was ransacked during his father's wake. Wayne Fleury passed away just weeks after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 48.

    While Bryan and hundreds of others attended the wake, someone broke into the family's Elm Street home. The thief broke in through a basement window and squeezed through a tiny crawl space.

    More than $2,000 of the family's belongings were stolen. The list of stolen items includes a wallet, iPad, iPod, camera, Xbox, WII, and a lap top that belong to Wayne. The lap top was filled with Wayne's music and family photos.

    Police told FOX 25 shortly after the break-in that the crime was likely an obituary burglary. They say some thieves scan death notices that list the dates of a funeral or wake. They then break in, expecting that at that time and date no one will be home.

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