Debbie Storment said she now feels scared in her home after it was burglarized Wednesday while attending her husband’s funeral.
“You’re in a fog anyways,” Storment said. “You just really don’t know what to do.
“I feel lost. I feel afraid in my home, and I’ve never felt that way.”
Besides her peace of mind, Storment said money and jewelry were the main items, along with coins, that were stolen while attending the funeral of her husband, Lester Storment, 64.
The couple had lived in their home on Round Mountain in south Conway since 1992. Storment, 59, said the neighborhood is a tight-knit group that looks out for one another.
“The problem was my neighbors were also at the funeral,” she said.
The occurrence of burglaries during funerals has come to light in recent months with multiple reports from around the state.
Residence checks are offered as a free service by the Conway Police Department. The service provides checks of the home by officers while occupants of the residence are away for a period of time such as funerals, trips or vacations.
Storment admitted she never thought it would happen, and has always felt safe at her home, but now after learning of other occurrences, she wants others to learn from recent incidents.
“I want people who have lost someone to take precautions,” she said. “Maybe either leave someone at their home or have police look in, because they’re obviously doing it to more than one or two people.”
Conway police spokesperson La Tresha Woodruff says residents can obtain a copy of the residence check form online at www.conwaypd.org, or at the police department, located at 1105 Prairie Street. Woodruff said the forms should be turned in as soon as residents know when they will be away from their home.
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