Pa. couple charged with stealing from dead friend

January 20, 2010 5:06:54 AM PST
A northeastern Pennsylvania couple is charged with stealing a bank card from a friend who died on their couch and running up more than $1,000 in charges. Investigators say they think the couple went through Kimberly Rose Lacey's purse on Dec. 4 while emergency workers in Wilkes-Barre tried to help her.

Twenty-five-year-old Michael Wheaton and 20-year-old Sabrina Tomcho are charged in Luzerne County with using a bank card belonging to the 40-year-old a day after she died.

Lacey's husband, Matthew Lacey, says his wife died on a couch in Wheaton and Tomcho's residence, but didn't say what caused her death.

Police say the couple admitted using the card at several stores.

Wheaton and Tomcho waived preliminary hearings. They declined to comment Tuesday.