Thieves Target Man's Home Two Days after his Death

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man passed away this past weekend, and before he was even laid to rest -- his home was burglarized.

This happened along Route 44 near Omar.

“This was taken in 1967 I think -- when he was going to Vietnam,” Donna Bartram said about a picture of her uncle, George May.

Fast forward nearly half a century -- and these pictures are all his family has to remember him by.

“I had a beautiful uncle. That's for sure,” Bartram said.

But Bartram says what's happening to her family now is downright ugly.

“Very very very disgusted and I’m really mad,” she said.

May was found dead in his home Saturday night. Monday night, the Omar Neighborhood Crime Watch was called to that same house.

“I got a call that someone was breaking into the house that he owned,” Larry Rogers said.

May's family describes him as a private man -- so much that they asked WSAZ not to show his home.

However, they say the thieves got a good look at it and didn't leave empty-handed. They got away with televisions, guns and more.

Now the Crime Watch is stepping in to make sure this doesn't happen again.

They already watch homes during funerals. Now they're offering to keep an eye on homes of those who have passed on -- until family can take over.

“It's just a sad situation that people will do this,” Rogers said. “I mean the man's not even buried yet.”

“They don't care who they target,” Bartram said. “Just as long as they get whatever can help them get by from day to day.”

The sheriff's department is investigating this case.

It's still unclear how May died. His body has been sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy.

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