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Man suspected of robbing suicide victim, leaving body

Daniel Edwin Wood (Source: WBTV) Daniel Edwin Wood (Source: WBTV)

YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - York County investigators say a Waxhaw man broke into a house and discovered the owner had committed suicide. But rather than tell anyone, police say he robbed the man and tried to use his credit cards.

Anthony Paul Zanghi was found dead on May 27 in his home on Riverview Terrace in Lake Wylie. Sheriff's deputies went to his home that day because they were investigating a case of credit card fraud.

The coroner's office said Zanghi's death appeared consistent with a suicide, and that he died of an apparent gunshot wound sometime in early 2010.

The sheriff's office said Daniel Edwin Wood, 33, burglarized Zanghi's home during late April 2010 and early May. The sheriff's office said Wood knew that Zanghi's body was in the home during the burglary.

Wood stole items from Zanghi's home valued at over $2,600, the sheriff's office said. Wood also stole a credit card from Zanghi and tried to purchase a computer. 

Waxhaw Police Detective Bobbie Haulk said he believes Wood thought the home was vacant, discovered the body and then stole the dead man's credit card and a gun from the home.  Haulk says Wood never told anyone about the body.

Neighbors said nothing like this has ever happened in their community. "It's kind of surprising," said resident Meaghan Cote after the body was discovered.

She says she feels safe because River Hills is gated and has several security guards. "It does make you feel a little bit uneasy knowing that happened right down the street," Cote added.

Wood was charged with grand larceny, burglary and financial identity fraud. He is being held in the Union County jail awaiting extradition to York County.

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