Grieving family catches burglar in their late mother's home

Grieving family catches burglar in their late mother's home

PITTSBURGH — A grieving family went to check on their late mother's home in Garfield, only to find a man inside stealing her things.

The woman who lived inside the home on Broad Street died about a year ago, but her adult children check on the house regularly.

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According to the criminal complaint obtained by Channel 11, the woman's daughter went by the house last week to find the house burglarized.

While the daughter was there, police said Joseph Fisher knocked on the door to see if everything was OK and offer support.

Later that night, the woman called her brother who also went to check on the house, who found Fisher carrying out boxes.


According to police, Fisher claimed he saw the house for sale, found the door open and believed he could take her belongings.

After being arrested, investigators wrote in the complaint about Fisher: "He gave us permission to enter the house to collect the stolen items that belongs to the victim. Joseph Fisher kept apologizing for stealing the items."

The victim's daughter told Channel 11 that Fisher decorated his house with the stolen items.

Fisher is scheduled to be in court in October.