‘Funeral Bandit’ arrested in Colorado, according to reports
PONTIAC, Mich. — He allegedly robbed at least 16 grieving families and caused one sheriff to be exceedingly blunt. Now authorities have reportedly tracked down the “Funeral Bandit” in Colorado.
According to WWJ-TV, Oakland County, Mich., sheriff Michael Bouchard said investigators believe Todd Griffin, 44, found his victims through obituaries. Though the TV station reported that Griffin was tracked down in Colorado this week, no other specifics were provided.
When those details become available, it seems Bouchard would be happy to provide them. Then again, based on his original comments about the crimes Griffin is accused of committing, he might be even more interested in putting this case in his department’s rear-view mirror.
“This man stole from people while they were at a funeral most of the time,” Bouchard said. “So this is just an a**bag — plain and simple.”
One of Griffin’s alleged victims is Jim Ratliff. His parents had recently died and their home was to be part of an estate sale, but before that could happen, the residence was robbed. Ratliff said police could not recover some of his mother’s jewelry.
“It wasn’t incredibly valuable — just was very sentimental,” Ratliffe told WWJ-TV. “My sisters probably would like to have that for the memory … but it doesn’t look like we’re going to get that.”
Homes in five different Michigan counties were allegedly targeted by the “Funeral Bandit.”