Man arrested for stealing Game Boy from casket at funeral

The last thing you expect when you attend a funeral is for something to be missing from the casket when you leave. But that's exactly what happened to the family of 17-year-old Bradley McCombs.

McCombs was tragically killed in a car crash in Pittsburgh on Christmas Day. His open-casket funeral was a few days later. 37-year-old Jody Lynn Bennett was there, and noticed an original Game Boy, three games, and a clip-on light to be buried with the victim. During the funeral, Bennett walked up and grabbed all of the vintage gaming memoribilia and then walked out of the funeral home. Bennett was at the funeral because he went to school with McCombs's father.

McCombs's uncle witnessed the unusual activity and confronted Bennett as he left. Bennett returned the Game Boy but the uncle didn't realize he had more pilfered goods still in his possession. By the time the family noticed the missing games and light, it was too late. They called the police.

"I can confidently say this is the first time in my 22 years that I've had anybody go into the funeral home while the family was there and take something right under their noses and try to get away with it," said Sergeant Michael Schmidt in an Associated Press report.

Bennett has been charged with theft, abuse of a corpse, and intentional desecration of a venerated object. He remains in jail after being unable to post the $15,000 bond. Police estimate his stolen goods, which obviously carried priceless sentimental value to McCombs, were worth about $46.

It is assumed Bennett sold the games to curb his ongoing drug problem. His mother told the AP, "My son's had a drug problem for quite some time, and we've more or less alienated ourselves from him." She has publicly apologized to the McCombs family.


Jan 3, 2011



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  • DinnerOnMars - January 8, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    Sad World when you Rob your Dead Friend at his Funeral
  • lawman2593733 - January 6, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    Also to add, did the news report ever say what the 3 games were. If so please mention in the comment below.
  • lawman2593733 - January 6, 2011 3:11 a.m.

    @db1331, I must say thankyou for noticing the other terribly sad detail in this quite depressing, or even slightly enraging, story. And I do agree with what you are saying. I do hope that the McCombs family can one year recover and have at least one more merry Christmas. I also wonder if the Gameboy was returned to the casket before it was put in the ground, and if so, perhaps if they found another game to put in there with it, you know, so he can game into the afterlife. Unless they have videogames in Heaven. (Or wherever he's going.) And as for the junkie. I hope that maybe he can find some help for himself. Did the family ever really try to help and support him to abade his addiction? Did anyone ever really try to help this guy before this event? Gusess we'll never really know the answer most of these questions. Still just a big bucket of saddness with this story.):
  • Fusionmix - January 5, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    Now this is disgusting. What a douche.
  • mockraven - January 4, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    That's pretty sad. Obviously, the gameboy was special to the 17-yr-old and to have a guy come to take something special so he could pawn it off for drugs is like a slap in the face to both the deceased and the boy's family. It makes me wonder if he even attended the funeral service to pay respects to the family or to look for stuff to steal. I know drug habits can totally destroy sensibility, but it's still hard to imagine doing such a terrible thing.
  • Japanaman - January 4, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    $15,000 for a Gameboy. Was it worth it you cheap @#%#@!!!
  • KnightDehumidifier - January 4, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    They should have buried him with an Atari Lynx, so that way no self-respecting person would want to hold that for more than five minutes without feeling like a tool.
  • kuroda - January 4, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    @ Silentcapt2, I respect your opinion, but I can't feel sorry for a guy who ruined the funeral of a 17 year old. That family went through enough before that idiot tried to do what he did.
  • db1331 - January 4, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    A terrible story all around, but the worst part is the family will always be sad on Christmas for the rest of their lives. I'm a miserable dick who hates Christmas, and even I feel sorry for them.
  • Chevapravatdumrong - January 4, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    Did the Curb your Enthusiasism theme play as he was halled off? Looked over in this sad story is the death of a 17 year old on freaking Christmas, that's just not fair.
  • oryandymackie - January 4, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    Man, that's low. I mean, a high-end gaming PC, yeah, but a Game Boy? It's an excellent handheld console, but you can get them dirt cheap on eBay.
  • DabWolf - January 4, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    Now I know that I am going to have all of my game consoles in my coffin with me, and that if they are going to take them they would also be charge with necrophilia because I WILL BE NAKED!
  • billywitchdr - January 4, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    Ouch. This is just cold.
  • TheCheesy4 - January 4, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    That's why I'm booby-trapping my casket.
  • Silentcapt2 - January 4, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    It is a shame that he would sink so low to get a fix like this, but I'm not on the side of everyone who just says "What a douche" and leaves it at that. This guy obviously has a problem, so much so that his family has given up on him completely. While I do hate that a grieving family had to go through something like that, I also feel sorry for the thief who basically ruined his life with drugs.
  • LizarDAZZLE - January 4, 2011 4:58 a.m.

    Why bury a perfectly good game boy? An original at that! The guy's dead, it'll just decay in there. Give it to so kid by the street or your cousin, grand-couson/child.
  • AlpineGuy - January 4, 2011 4:11 a.m.

    What a dick. My condolences go out to the McCombs family and their friends.
  • batman5273 - January 4, 2011 4:04 a.m.

    When I get buried, I would love the people at my funeral to put action figues in my casket.
  • EliteM0nk3y - January 4, 2011 3:09 a.m.

    There is nothing lower than a common thief, especially if you know the person. My condolences to the McCombs.
  • FauxFurry - January 4, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    I could have understood if Jody Lynn pilfered the blinking brick to feed his gaming addictions, figuring that the unfortunate lad wouldn't need portable gaming where he's going (especially not on a system older than he was) but to steal for re-sale? I wouldn't approve but I would understand. This man's mind truly must be utterly blinkered (or Red Ringed,as it were). New electronic devices or software can hardly pull in 1/10th of what they are worth at pawnshops (assuming he wouldn't try to self purloined goods over the internet)let alone machines old enough to be college graduates.He risked imprisonment and the hatred of the family who allowed him into their presence as they grieve for the same amount of money that he could have made pan-handling on a street corner. This case itself ought to be an anti-drug ad enough all by its lonesome without needing to offer gaming as an alternative. Beloved videogaming devices count as Venerated Objects which can be desecrated now? That's encouraging in a way, I suppose. "carlath notices"? It's nice to know that this Carlath is on the case.It's only a matter or time until justice is served by what is presumably some Eldritch abomination. I'm holding you to that,ReCaptcha.

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