Smithville man says burglary suspect accused of stealing during funerals disrespected late wife

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CLAY COUNTY, Mo. -- An Excelsior Springs man accused of breaking into people’s homes while they were attending funerals is behind bars, arrested four days after prosecutors charged him with several crimes.

Dale Parsons, 35, spent Monday night in the Clay County Detention Center under a $100,000 cash-only bond after being caught earlier in the day by the Fugitive Apprehension Unit.

Dale Parsons' mug shot from the Clay County Detention Center.

Dale Parsons' mug shot from the Clay County Detention Center.

He is facing eight charges of burglary, stealing and unlawful possession of a firearm for a string of burglaries that span from Liberty to Smithville, Mo.

Prosecutors believe Parsons picked some of his victims by reading obituaries, and burglarizing homes while people attended funeral services for loved ones.

Wayne Berry was attending funeral services for his wife of 41 years when someone broke into his Smithville home through a window.

HusWife“She was the best thing that ever happened in my life,” Berry said of his late wife. “She was a good person, she would do anything for anybody, so it’s hard to talk about.”

Berry said the intruder stole jewelry, credit cards and a handgun.

“I think it was disrespectful to her (his wife), to me, to our home,” he said of the break-in. “I hate to think about anybody even doing something like that, take advantage of people at a time of their loss and mourning a loved one, being gone, then come home to find something like that. It’s unthinkable.”

Court records show deputies recovered Berry’s stolen handgun from Parson’s truck, and investigators tracked down stolen jewelry Parsons allegedly tried to sell at area pawn shops.

After weeks of anxiously waiting for an arrest, Berry is relieved to hear Parsons is finally behind bars.

“I think he’ll go to jail for, I hope, like 20 years with as many crimes as he’s committed,” Berry said. “He’s just a lowlife no-good and he doesn’t care about anybody else but himself.”

Berry thinks Parsons had help from the inside, suspecting a former Hospice worker who had access to his house unlocked the window that Parsons eventually crawled through to commit the burglary. He hopes more arrests are coming.