Latonia Shelecia Stewart, 26, is charged in the Bronx with a particularly despicable crime. Stewart allegedly followed obituaries in order to break into homes when grieving families were burying their loved ones.
The Journal News reported that police noticed a string of burglaries of families during funerals. They decided to stake out the family of a recently deceased individual and like the grim reaper himself, Stewart allegedly showed up in a car that matched witness descriptions from earlier crimes.
Police say that they found items in the search. Stewart is now charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, a felony, and criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.
The cruelty of the act is breathtaking to add to the pain of a family grieving the death of a loved one. Presumably, that aggravating element will drive any potential sentence higher with the court if Stewart is found guilty.