LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The so-called "Funeral Bandit," wanted for at least 16 home-invasion burglaries in Michigan while the residents attended funerals, was caught in Colorado Monday.
Todd Lloyd Griffin, who turned 44 on the day he was arrested, is also suspect of burglarizing vacant homes prior to estate sales.
Jim Ratliff was at his mother's funeral in Detroit when his parent's house was broken into, he told 7NEWS sister station WXYZ in Detroit.
“It felt really bad…we felt violated,” said Ratliff. “These are low, low people ... they took advantage of a family that has their hands full already.”
Many of the stolen items had sentimental value to Ratliff.
“Cuff links -- they weren’t gold cufflinks, they were just my dad’s,” said Ratliff.
Ratliff’s sister Suzie Jones suspected Griffin found out their information from their mother’s obituary in a newspaper.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, troopers learned that Griffin had been seen in western Denver. His Buick Rendezvous was found outside a Lakewood business that specializes in purchasing gold and other metals.
Troopers and Lakewood Police surrounded Griffin as he exited the business. He was arrested without incidence.
The precious metal business told Colorado State Patrol that Griffin had just sold nearly $3,000 worth of miscellaneous jewelry pieces.
That jewelry is in addition the items recovered when police searched Griffin's home in Pontiac, Mich.
"Deputies observed large quantities of jewelry, electronics, and many invaluable personal items in the home and garage," Michigan's Oakland County Sheriff said in a written statement.
WXYZ reported the items in his home were worth about $50,000.
Griffin will be extradited out of Colorado in the care of detectives from Oakland County, Michigan.