Bronx woman accused of ransacking Westchester homes of families at funeralsPosted: Updated:
A Bronx woman is accused of burglarizing the Westchester County homes of families attending funerals and wakes.
Police say Latonia Stewart, of the Bronx, was arraigned on 22 counts, including burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. They also say that she committed the crimes both while pregnant and then after giving birth, with her baby in the car.
Officials allege Stewart would look up obituaries online and in the newspaper and target families of the deceased. She allegedly broke windows and glass doors to get inside the homes and would then steal valuable jewelry and personal property.
The burglaries happened in several communities, including Ossining, Cortlandt and Greenburgh.
Greenburgh police made the arrest after finding stolen jewelry in her car and an obituary on her phone.
The charges stem from six incidents happening across the Westchester region between 2017 and 2018.
Stewart us also facing burglary charges in Connecticut and Putnam County. Her next court date is Aug. 13.