Janelle Gericke, who worked as a corrections officer at the Jefferson Wisconsin County Jail allegedly would look through the obituaries in the local paper to see what time funerals were taking place and then targeted the homes of grieving family members while they were attending memorial services.

One of her victims was an 82 year old man who had been attending a funeral only to come back to his home to find his house ransacked and his check book missing. more than a year later the sheriff's office was finally able to gather enough evidence to charge Gericke.

The criminal complaint is as follows: " The Wisconsin Department of Justice lists seven instances between February 2018 and June 2019 where the former deputy either successfully broke into a stranger's home, or was spotted lurking outside houses that she had reason to believe would be empty. If her calculations turned out to be wrong, state investigators say, Gericke would quickly make up a story."

On Tuesday, Dec.17, the 29-year-old was charged with felony burglary. Her lawyer could not be reached for comment and her first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 30. This story just makes my stomach turn. How ironic that you are a corrections officer at a jail and yet are blatantly breaking the law taking advantage of people on what is possibly the worst day of their lives, and she even did it when she was pregnant. Hopefully justice will be served! For more on this story click here.


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