Local News

Man charged with burglarizing Raleigh home during funeral

Posted November 20, 2015

— Three north Raleigh homes have been broken into in recent weeks while families have been attending funerals, police said.

The string of burglaries started on Oct. 28 at a home in the 2600 block of Crofton Springs Drive. The following week, similar break-ins occurred in the 2900 block of Englefield Drive and the 7100 block of Joydon Court, police said.

All three homes are within 3 miles of each other, off Durant Road and Perry Creek Road.

The Joydon Court resident declined to comment, except to say that the burglary on top of a funeral amounted to "a very sad situation."

Englefield Drive residents said the woman whose home was broken into was at her daughter's funeral at the time.

Timothy John Burns, 26, of 1107 Silvershire Way in Knightdale, was charged Thursday with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering in connection with the Crofton Springs Drive burglary.

Burns hasn't been charged in the other two incidents, but according to a search warrant, police are examining his cellphone for any evidence that might link him to those crimes.


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Erica Konopka Dec 3, 2015
    user avatar

    What a bottom feeding low life.

  • Real Libertine Nov 21, 2015
    user avatar

    Public flogging, anyone?

  • Johnny Roberts Nov 21, 2015
    user avatar

    Yep. I agree with Tom... Just give his sorry &%# 20 or 30 years... Case closed.

  • Ann Ethridge Nov 20, 2015
    user avatar

    It breaks my heart to read this. I taught this young man in high school and he was one of the most caring individuals you would ever want to meet. I remember what he did for me after I returned to work after I lost my mom. Not sure what caused him to make this decision, but I do know that life itself can happen. A man's good deeds should far outweigh his personal transgression. Slow to judge - quick to pray. Not sure what is going on with this young man. Sad for all parties involved. Prayers to the victims as well.

  • Tom Laurence Nov 20, 2015
    user avatar

    Well - I'm almost at a loss for words - but I will say this is one Sorry individual. What a low-life, and a horrible thing to do to a family anytime, and especially while they are grieving. Lock him up for a long time and let him "reflect".