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Tillman Funeral Home broken into, vehicles stolen

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Jan 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-01 16:03:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Leon County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking suspects that stole cars and other items from a Tallahassee funeral home.

They broke into the Tillman Funeral Home on Crawfordville Road early Sunday morning, ransacking the building and stealing other important vehicles used to conduct business.

Al Hall owns the Tillman Funeral Home, he says, "It just takes a lot of nerve to go inside a building and spend as much time as they did in ours."

Hall says, after more than forty years in the business, he's never seen anything like this before.

The Tillman Funeral Home is a Tallahassee institution. According to Hall, the funeral home opened in 1931. He says it's the the oldest black owned business of its kind in the Big Bend.

But all that didn't stop people from breaking into the place, creating chaos.

Hall says, "They stole a television, ripped it from the wall. Totally vandalized my office and my other funeral directors office. They wrecked everything inside." 

The trouble didn't end there.

The thieves got a hold of car keys and stole several vehicles belonging to the funeral home. Including a limousine and a mini-van used to  transport bodies.

Hall says, "They moved another hearse. I don't know if it left the premise or not but it is not parked where we left it. And this vehicle here the dodge van and wrecked off site brought back."  

Hall has changed all locks on the buildings at the funeral home, and says this incident will not impact business.

Detectives are trying to catch the thieves. If you have more information, call the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 850-922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-8477.