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Realtor burglarized narcotics from home listings

A Williamsville woman admitted to committing a string of burglaries by using her real estate license to gain access to her victims’ homes.

Jill Hart, 38, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to six counts of burglary in the third degree for stealing narcotic painkillers from the owners of homes listed for sale.

The District Attorney’s Office reported that Hart, who no longer has a real estate license, went into houses in Amherst, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Eden, Lancaster and West Seneca on the pretext that she was showing the property to potential buyers. The buyers did not exist. Once inside, she would rummage through personal areas looking for prescription drugs.

Acting DA Michael Flaherty Jr. credits the help of local real estate agents and their companies in uncovering the crimes. He also said that, although Hart could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison, Justice Penny M. Wolfgang recommended that she be placed in the Judicial Diversion drug treatment program.

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