A burglar who targeted Westchester County, New York, homes as households attended funerals will be sentenced Monday after being convicted final month.

Latonia Stewart, 30, was found guilty of burglarizing six homes because the victims attended funerals of family members.

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After a weeklong trial, the Bronx resident was discovered responsible on six counts of housebreaking within the second diploma and prison possession of stolen property within the fourth diploma, each felonies. Stewart faces a sentence starting from a minimal of three.5 years to a most of 15 years in state jail on every housebreaking rely. 

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Between December 2017 and May 2018, Stewart burglarized the homes of six Westchester County residents in Cortlandt, Greenburgh, Ossining, Rye Brook, Scarsdale and Tarrytown who were out of the home attending their partner’s wake or funeral service. Stewart targeted the homes after looking by means of obituaries on-line. Jewelry, watches, silverware and different valuables were stolen. Stewart used a sledge hammer to interrupt home windows and glass doorways to realize entry into sure homes, and precipitated additional injury to the homes as soon as inside. 

“It is absolutely appalling that people mourning the loss of a loved one were specifically targeted and taken advantage of in such a cruel and heinous manner,” stated Miriam Rocah, Westchester County District Attorney stated in a press release. “I commend the great work of my team, the Greenburgh Police Department, and the other law enforcement partners who handled this case, and I hope that this verdict brings some measure of comfort to the victims.”

Police arrested Stewart in May 2018, after observing her driving away from the house of a deceased individual with jewellery within the automobile and the web site with an obituary pulled up on her cellphone. Following her arrest, police recovered extra stolen objects and burglar’s instruments in her automobile and at her Bronx residence.