‘Evil’ Florida man burglarized homes during funerals: sheriff

‘Evil’ Florida man burglarized homes during funerals: sheriff

An “evil” Florida man burglarized 10 homes — purposely targeting his grieving victims and striking when he knew they were attending funerals, authorities said.

Ronald Lee Rose, 42, of Lake Wales, is facing multiple counts of armed burglary and grand theft in a series of home heists between October and Feb. 8 in Auburndale, Mulberry, Lakeland and Haines City, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday.

Rose allegedly researched his targets, hitting up homes either owned by a recently deceased person or one of their relatives, Judd said.

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“He was very respectful, he would make small cuts, or jimmy the door,” Judd told reporters. “He would go in, he stole guns, he stole jewelry, but everything he did was in a respectful manner.”

Judd said Rose took the precautions to make it appear as if the personal items may have been taken by a mourning relative who “wanted something special” to remember them.

“He looked at obituaries, he researched

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