WRENTHAM, R.I. (WPRI) — The daughter of a local veteran was shocked to learn she was targeted by a thief who broke into her home while her family was attending her father’s funeral service.
Maryfrances Randall said her father, Daniel McIsaac, recently passed away died at 75. She said while attending his funeral service, she received an alert on her phone from her home security system, saying someone was breaking in.
“We were like, something is probably going on, it’s never gone off before,” Randall said.
Randall said she quickly called police in Wrentham, where she lives, and Franklin, where her father lived, to check on both properties. She said she feared his place may be targeted as well.
Police arrested Daniel Lennon, 37, in Franklin while checking on McIsaac’s home.
According to police, Lennon had a list of homes with him, each owned by a family who recently lost a loved one. Police said Lennon was mapping out when and where the services would be held so he could break into the homes when he knew the residents wouldn’t be there.
“No one should have to go through that,” Randall said. “It’s like the saddest day of your life. You’re not even celebrating their life and grieving like you should.”
Police said Lennon had more break-ins planned in the surrounding area, including homes in Taunton, Canton, Hingham and Foxboro.
Randall said she considers this is “best case scenario,” because no one was injured, nothing valuable was stolen and Lennon is in custody.
Lennon was held on $50,000 cash bail over the weekend and was arraigned Tuesday on charges of possession of a burglarious instrument, disorderly conduct, breaking and entering (misdemeanor), malicious/wanton damage to property and possession of a Class E substance. He was also arraigned on a warrant for outstanding charges by the United States Marshall’s Office.
Security consulting groups said there are several ways to protect your home while attending a funeral. They suggest having someone you trust watch your home while you’re away or create an illusion that you’re still there by keeping the lights on or even the TV. It’s also a good idea to lock away all valuable items, including jewelry, electronics or important documents.