Man charged for stealing dead man's tattoo equipment?

This is terribly sad and a double insult to injury but, as I always say, you can't make this stuff up.

My condolences to the families of both men. All of the information below was posted on the police department's Facebook page.

So, for the second time in two days, Eastlake, Ohio police were called back to 1353 E 354th Street just before 8 a.m. Tuesday. Police had been there Monday on a possible homicide.

This time, they were called about a possible burglary.

Sometime after the body was removed, the scene was cleared and the home released to relatives Monday night, someone forcibly entered the home and stole tattoo equipment valued at over $3,000.

Friends and relatives of the deceased later located the items for sale on Craigslist.

One person recognized the background in the Craigslist pictures as another Eastlake home so they called police.

Police then arrested and charged Eric Ruscin, 28, of Eastlake, without incident.

The tattoo equipment was recovered and returned to the son of the deceased. Ruscin is being held without bond on felony burglary charges until arraignment.

So, what happened Monday?

Police say they went to the house where they found the resident, Timothy R. Martz, 54, dead inside.

The investigation is on-going, but it appears that Martz had been involved in some type of physical altercation at the home with longtime friend, Gary Massey, 43, of Willowick.

Police said they fought and, when it was over, Martz was dead. The cause of death has not been determined and the Lake County Coroners office was notified and will conduct an autopsy.

Massey apparently contacted family members after the incident and they were able to convince him to go to the police station, at which time they met with him.

What I want to know is, who is so low or so desperate as to steal from a dead man?

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