Great-great-granddaughter of upstate NY artisan community founder charged with theft

The Associated Press
July 2, 2014 10:04 AM

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A member of a prominent upstate New York family is charged with stealing heirlooms, including guns, and selling them to buy heroin.

Police in East Aurora say 22-year-old Megan Hubbard-Riley and her boyfriend took 13 handguns and other valuables from her mother, Mary Hubbard's, house over six months. Officers say one of the guns was used in a shooting in Buffalo last week.

Mary Hubbard is a granddaughter of Elbert Hubbard, who in the late 1800s founded the Roycroft artisan community as a cradle of the arts and crafts movement in western New York state.

Hubbard-Riley and John Lawandus are charged with grand larceny. The arrests were first reported by The Buffalo News on Wednesday.

Hubbard-Riley's attorney wasn't immediately reachable by phone. Court records show no attorney for Lawandus.

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