BARRE — Police say a Hardwick woman helped an East Calais man break into a Barre home in June.
Loretta Lakus, 46, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of burglary. If convicted, Lakus faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. She was released on conditions.
Officer Brieanna Murphy, of the Barre City police, said in her affidavit a suspicious event was reported on Fairview Street in June. Murphy said she spoke with the homeowner who reported he had been renting an apartment for about two years to two people who had been subletting it without his permission and he had evicted them, effective June 5.
Murphy said the homeowner reported he received a call from a neighbor stating two people had been seen carrying items out of the home and into a car on June 7. He told Murphy he went to the home and discovered the front door had been damaged and items from the home were missing such as a pressure washer and a hard drive. Murphy said the pressure washer, which had been brought to the home after the renters moved out, was valued at about $350.
Murphy said she contacted the renters by phone and one of them told her she had sublet one of the rooms in the home to Shan Michael McGlynn, 45, and a Lakus. She told Murphy that McGlynn and Lakus had stayed there for a few months and moved out in November 2017.
Murphy then spoke to witnesses who saw the burglary take place, according to the affidavit. She said one witness reported seeing a man and a woman he had seen living with the renters taking items from the home and putting them into a car. He told Murphy that he recognized the pair as McGlynn and Lakus.
McGlynn pleaded guilty in April to a felony count of burglary for this case. He was sentenced to six months to 54 months to serve.