Oct. 28, 2021 – Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that Mount Vernon resident Donald Bennett pled guilty to burglarizing schools in communities throughout Westchester after he unlawfully entered several school buildings between 2020 and 2021.

Bennett, 62, pled guilty on Oct. 26, 2021, to Burglary in the Third Degree, a felony, which covered all of the charges in the indictment. Bennett, a second felony offender, faces a minimum sentencing range of two to four years in state prison and a maximum sentencing range of three and a half to seven years in a state prison.

Between Feb. 20, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021, Bennett unlawfully entered and stole items from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, Mercy College in Irvington, and Waverly School in Eastchester. The items stolen included wallets, cash, credit cards and other items.

Eastchester Police Department arrested Bennett on March 4, 2021, following an investigation in which the Dobbs Ferry Police Department, Irvington Police Department, New Rochelle Police Department, and Scarsdale Police Department assisted.

The case is before Judge Barry Warhit in Westchester County Court and is being prosecuted by Yonkers Deputy Bureau Chief Kristina Dushaj. Bennett is scheduled to be sentenced on April 28, 2022.


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