- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Hartford couple faces felony charges in a scheme to burglarize the homes of people away at funerals.

Emily Gabel, 23, and Jesse Bullis, 31, are each charged with burglary in Milwaukee County.

According to the complaint, Gabel and Bullis provided a car and materials for the burglars. In return, the complaint said, Gabel and Bullis were given stolen items, which they sold on the street or at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Police searched the defendants’ home and found jewelry, electronics and a handwritten “funeral log” listing names, addresses and the times of funerals in the county, the complaint said.

On one page of that notebook was Nancy Trimble’s personal information, along with that of her relatives. Trimble left her home in Whitefish Bay around 4 p.m. on May 14 to go to her mother’s funeral. “Service at 7,” the log noted. Gabel later acknowledged writing that entry, the complaint said.

When Trimble and her husband, Carl, returned to their home that night they noticed items strewn across the kitchen floor and a shoe print on the counter below a window, the complaint said. Looking through their home, they realized some of their valuables, mostly jewelry, were missing.

“They robbed us while we were at the funeral - it was shocking,” Nancy Trimble told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1BXgWxx ) on Friday. “It was really low.”

Trimble was able to identify at least 16 pieces of her jewelry from police photographs and said she will get them back along with her iPad and a brooch given to her by her grandmother. Her gold jewelry and her husband’s watch are still unaccounted for, as well as an engraved gold piece from Egypt that Trimble’s father gave her mother in 1965 after they climbed a pyramid together.

“That was the heartbreaking part,” Trimble said. “My mother had given me her jewelry.”

According to the complaint, Gabel told police that the “funeral burglaries” were committed by up to four other people. Charges have yet to be filed against those people.

Gabel will be represented by a public defender and is due back in court Tuesday. Online court records to not list a defense attorney who could comment on Bullis’ behalf.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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