Brothers charged with stealing from dead man

Posted at 9:47 AM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 12:47:14-05

Two brothers from Massachusetts are facing charges after police say they broke into a home and found the resident dead, but instead of calling authorities, stole the man's belongings.

Thirty-eight-year-old Mark Landry and 37-year-old Steven Landry, both of Bellingham, were held on $100,000 bail each after pleading not guilty at their arraignment Monday to breaking and entering and larceny.

Police say the brothers broke into the home and found the 68-year-old resident's body. He had apparently been dead for weeks. Police say the brothers returned to the home several times and stole electronics, medication, copper piping, checkbooks and even a vehicle.

Police were tipped off by someone who says the brothers tried to cash the dead man's checks.

Lawyers for the brothers denied the allegations during the arraignment.