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Police: Duo used obits to pick burglary targets

JOHNSBURG – A Pistakee Highlands man and woman who police said used newspaper obituaries to pick their targets have been charged with burglary.

Jacquelyn S. Buchholz, 24, and Jason K. Werner, 26, both of 108 Pleasant View Drive, near Johnsburg, were charged with one count each of residential burglary and theft. Additional charges are pending.

On Sept. 21, the Barrington Police Department responded to a residential burglary in progress, which led to the arrest of Buchholz and Werner, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said.

McHenry County and Boone County investigators then interviewed the pair and they confessed to several residential burglaries in unincorporated areas, authorities said.

Buchholz and Werner are suspected of reading obituaries in local newspapers to gather personal information and then burglarizing homes while family members were attending wakes.

Most of the McHenry County burglaries were in the western half of the county.

Authorities said they have recovered stolen property connected to recent break-ins.

Buchholz and Werner are being held at the Cook County Jail.

Sheriff’s officials said they encourage people whose personal information has been published in an obituary to have a trusted friend or family member watch their homes while they are away.

Requests for extra patrols and vacation watches can be sent through the department’s website,, officials said.

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