Unlawful Entry into School Buildings Leads to Multiple Charges for Mount Vernon Man

- A Mount Vernon man who unlawfully entered school buildings in communities across Westchester and in some instances stole items was arraigned today in County Court on multiple charges.

Donald Mack Bennett, 61, is charged with seven counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, six counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and two counts of Petit Larceny in connection with incidents in 2020 and 2021.

The incidents took place at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, Waverly School in Eastchester, Masters School in Dobbs Ferry and Mercy College in Irvington.

Bennett was taken into custody on March 4 and remains in the Westchester County Jail.

“I share the concern of parents and other residents who recognize that it is both deeply disturbing and absolutely unacceptable for anyone to enter a school building unlawfully,” said Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah. “I am committed to keeping our children, teachers and school staff safe and feeling as secure as possible.”

The incidents involving Bennett were investigated by the Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Irvington, New Rochelle and Scarsdale Police Departments.

The case is before Judge Robert Neary.

The charges against Bennett are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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