A 30-year-old woman is facing charges she broke into her dead mother’s Warren home with her boyfriend during the mother’s funeral to allegedly steal a safe filled with about $90,000 worth of valuables, according to court documents.
Thomas Balliet reported the theft last Friday, after he returned from the funeral of his fiancée, Audra Johnson. He came home to find his bedroom door forced open, his drawers had been rifled through, and a safe that contained saving bonds, stocks, jewelry, coins, and other valuable papers and items was missing.
Johnson’s daughter, Alyce Davenport had recently been kicked out of the home because of her problems with drugs, according to a police report. Balliet told police he believed Davenport, along with her boyfriend, Diron Conyers, 27, broke in and stole the safe. Davenport, Balliet told police, did not attend her mother’s funeral and did not answer phone calls from relatives during and after the funeral.
Davenport knew where the safe was and what it contained, Balliet said. Davenport, according to court documents, has a history of larceny. She had been investigated for another larceny from a family member, according to police.
Through a bulletin, Warren police notified area departments to be on the look out for Davenport and Conyers and the blue Honda Civic Davenport drives. Police in Southbridge located the blue Civic early Saturday. Police found a broken, blood-stained safe in the trunk of the car, police said in a report. It appeared to have been pried open with a crowbar or screwdriver, according to court documents.
Police then arrested Davenport and Conyers at the Super 8 hotel on Route 20 in Sturbridge, where the duo was staying.
Davenport and Conyers were arraigned Monday in East Brookfield District Court on a slew of charges, including breaking into a depository, larceny over $250, larceny from a building, malicious destruction of property, stealing a will, and receiving.
Davenport was held on $15,000 bail. Conyers was held without bail; he had an active warrant in a different case, the Worcester district attorney’s office confirmed Tuesday.
Both are expected back in court on Feb. 6 for a pretrial hearing.