Woman 'used obituaries to find out when families would be at funerals' before ransacking their homes - Afterlife Funerals
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Woman ‘used obituaries to find out when families would be at funerals’ before ransacking their homes
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A young New York woman has been accused of tracking obituaries so she could burglarise the homes of people away at funerals.Latonia Stewart, 26, was arraigned Wednesday on a 22-count indictment for a string of burglaries between 2017 and 2018.She faces multiple counts of burglary and larceny.Authorities say Stewart looked at obituaries to find out when funerals were taking place, figured out where the decedent lived, and then targeted the homes of grieving family members.The Westchester County district attorney said people would return from funerals of their loved ones to ransacked homes, with windows broken and valuables gone.
Affluent homes targetedStewart targeted homes in affluent suburbs of New York City, authorities said.Over a year ago, on May 1, 2018, police pulled Stewart over when she was driving back from a home she had allegedly just burglarised.Authorities said her baby was inside the car with her, along with jewelry in plain sight, an obituary pulled up on her mobile phone, and a mallet hammer under her seat she allegedly used to break into the homes.Stewart, whose lawyers did not immediately return a request for comment, is scheduled to make her next court appearance in two weeks.Source: www.aifp.org.auImage: NBC & Getty