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An alleged burglar preyed on the bereaved by reading obituaries online and then breaking into the homes of families who she knew would be attending funeral services for their loved ones, according to prosecutors.
Latonia Shelecia Stewart, from The Bronx, New York, was arraigned on Wednesday on a 22-count indictment charging her with burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and other charges. It's alleged she burgled at least half a dozen homes in in Westchester County.
Sting - Operation - Year - Stewart - Baby
When she was arrested in a sting operation last year, Stewart had her baby in the car and a Legacy.com obituary page was open on her phone.
The Westchester District Attorney’s Office said Stewart looked up obituaries and targeted individuals she believed would be away at their spouse's wake or funeral.
Stewart - Homes - Fall - Spring
Stewart is alleged to have broken into the homes between the Fall of 2017 through the Spring of 2018.
According to the authorities, Stewart gained access into homes by smashing windows and glass doors using a mallet hammer she kept under the seat of her vehicle.
Items - Victims
Items stolen from grieving victims included...
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