Man Steals Crucifix from Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach

A man was arrested after stealing a crucifix from a funeral home in Vero Beach, Florida.
A man was arrested after stealing a crucifix from a funeral home in Vero Beach, Florida.

VERO BEACH – A man broke into Strunk Funeral Home and stole a wooden crucifix and a couple of necklaces, according to the Vero Beach Police Department.

Officers were dispatched to 917 17th Street in Vero Beach about a burglary in progress. Two employees told police that after they returned from a job, they saw the garage door opened and a man walking around the building.

Police found the man, identified as 43-year-old Kevin Antonio Odom, trying to leave on a bicycle with a wooden crucifix. The two employees recognized the crucifix as one belonging to the funeral home, according to the report.

Officers then noticed some beads and a Buddhist necklace charm around Odom’s neck, which the employees also said belonged to Strunk Funeral Home.

Odom, who is homeless but works as a salesperson, told police that he never broke in, the garage door was open.

“It was open like that when I saw it,” explained Odom, according to the affidavit.

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Police determined that Odom gained entry through the garage by using a door opener from an unlocked vehicle.

Odom was arrested and charged with Trespassing, Felony Burglary, and Theft. His bond was set at $31,000.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.