The burglars, two men and a woman, broke into Police Sgt. Manuel Curry's house Thursday morning and stole several rifles and a handgun, along with jewelry, money and medication, New Orleans police said.
Curry, 84, believed to be the longest-serving active-duty police officer in the country, died of heart failure hours earlier, according to The Times-Picayune.
His widow Genevieve "Jackie" Curry, whom he was married to for 51 years, was at a funeral home planning her husband's burial when she learned of the burglary.
"Oh my goodness. Who would do this?"