There is probably no more vulnerable time for a family than when a loved one dies - and a thief in St. John's allegedly took advantage of that over the weekend.
The man walked into Caul's Funeral Home on Lemarchant Road late Saturday afternoon and into a room where a wake was happening.
Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
While the family members received guests, he took a purse belonging to one of them off a shelf and left with it.
"He pretended to be a visitor," funeral home manager John Anderson told The Telegram.
"There's not much I can say, really, other than it happened."
A picture of the alleged thief, taken from surveillance cameras, has been circulating online, with friends of the family asking for anyone who can identify him to contact the RNC.
RNC communications officer Const. Talia Murphy told The Telegram Monday the investigation is ongoing.