Bronx Woman Targeted Homes During Funerals: Prosecutors

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A Bronx woman used online obituaries to help her carry out a string of home burglaries—crimes committed while the occupants were out attending funerals, prosecutors said.

Latonia Shelecia Stewart, 27, allegedly targeted residences throughout Westchester Counter in 2017 and 2018, leading authorities to charge her Wednesday with 22 counts of burglary, grand larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property, among other charges, according to the the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Stewart scanned obituaries to gather leads on unoccupied homes, then used a mallet hammer to bust her way inside through glass windows and doors, prosecutors said.

She stole various goods from the residences, including jewelry, authorities said.

Stewart’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

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Sasha Gonzales is a Contributing Writer for Bronx Justice News and a Kingsbridge resident. A native of the Bronx, Sasha is an academic researcher interested in the study of multi-generational poverty and income disparities. She is also an aspiring fine arts photographer and avid reader.