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Woman Arrested For Using Obituaries To Rob Grieving Families While They Attended Funerals

Latonia Stewart was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal possession of stolen property.

A woman from the Bronx, New York, has been accused of using information in obituaries to burglarize grieving families in the neighboring town of Greenburgh while they were out attending the funerals of their relatives.

Latonia Shelecia Stewart, 26, has been charged by the Greenburgh Police with conspiracy to commit burglary, a felony, and criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor, The Journal News reported.

Officers discovered Stewart’s operation when they were investigating a string of robberies and realized all of the victims were listed as next of kin in funeral programs. Each of the families targeted were robbed during the time they were attending the funeral services, police said.

Detectives then decided to surveil the home of a recently deceased Greenburgh resident. While they were on the stakeout, a car matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle pulled up. Police searched the car and found stolen property from a February burglary.

Stewart was arraigned and released on bond.

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