Time and again, a criminal complaint says Seth R. Furgason robbed from the dead. One of his victims was the estate of a town of Howard man who died from cancer in March.
Furgason, 32, of Junction City was charged Tuesday with armed burglary, theft, and possessing a firearm by a felon.
Furgason’s girlfriend told investigators that he was involved in similar burglaries in two other counties. The girlfriend said she drove Furgason at the crime scenes.
A $5,000 signature bond has been posted by Furgason in Chippewa County.
According to the criminal complaint:
A semi-automatic handgun and boxes of baseball cards from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s were taken from a dead man’s residence in the town of Howard, along with two chain saws and the 1954 debut magazine issue of Sports Illustrated.
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The dead man’s residence had numerous phone calls from a number blocked from Caller ID. Using a search warrant, authorities identified the caller as Seth Furgason.
Authorities said he also blocked Caller ID 15 other times to people who had recently died.
Two flashlights were found at the town of Howard residence that did not belong to the dead man. Instead, the flashlights had Furgason’s DNA.
Furgason was arrested April 16 in Wisconsin Rapids after a brief foot chase. He resisted arrest, and several officers were needed to take him into custody.
The next day authorities used a search warrant of Furgason’s residence and found multiple items that had been reported stolen.
There was also a slip from a pawn shop that said Furgason’s girlfriend had pawned a chain saw reportedly taken from the town of Howard man’s estate.
Furgason’s girlfriend has not been charged in Chippewa County.