Man Breaks into Funeral Home

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A Fort Smith man is arrested after he's accused of breaking into a funeral home then trying to sell stolen items to a nearby neighborhood.

Police arrested Donald Rodgers for public intoxication, breaking and entering, and theft by receiving just after 2:30 Thursday morning.

Kerry Decker says he called police after the unexpected late night visitor banged on his door.

"I heard voices out front and went to the window and there was a black gentleman with a Sony TV trying to sell me a TV,” said Decker. “I told him no and he was persistent."

Decker says he didn't open his door, but called police after Rodgers refused to take no for an answer. He says Rodgers appeared to be drunk or on drugs.

"Opened up the blinds more and he said, 'Oh, I can see why. You can't afford this TV,' or something like that," said Decker.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with Fort Smith Police says the department received several complaints about Rodgers attempting to sell what appeared to be a stolen 32 inch flat screen TV.

"It just looked like he took that TV out from a house,” said Decker. “I mean, it had the cords and everything just laying on it."

Rodgers is accused of breaking into Fentress Mortuary about five blocks away and stealing the TV from the funeral home.

"Whoever the suspect that had gained entry had injured themself and believed to be cut," said Sgt. Grubbs.

Sgt. Grubbs says Rodgers had fresh cuts on his hands and arms when he was arrested about a block away from Decker's home.

"Also caught him in the act breaking into the car," said Sgt. Grubbs.

An unusual night for everyone involved.

"Somebody shows up at 2:30 in the morning with a TV in their hands, it's like no, no, go away,” exclaimed Decker. “I don't want ya! I ain't buying no TV!’"

The stolen TV was returned back to Fentress Mortuary.

Police say Rodgers could also face burglary charges if his DNA matches blood left at the funeral home from the break-in.