BARRE – A Rochester man has admitted to breaking into several central Vermont homes.
Brian Lee Richardson, 54, pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to seven felony counts of burglary into an occupied dwelling, a felony count of unlawful trespass, a felony count of grand larceny, a felony count of conspiracy to receive stolen property and a misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm while being someone convicted of a violent crime. Richardson will be sentenced at a later date, where the state will argue for a sentence of 10 to 25 years to serve and Andrew Schmidt, Richardson’s attorney, will argue for a sentence of 28 months to seven years to serve.
The state agreed to dismiss multiple other counts of burglary and possession of stolen property, per the plea agreement.
The burglaries reportedly took place in May, July and August of last year.
Trooper John Gildea, of the Vermont State Police, said in his affidavit a burglary was reported on Mill Brook Road in Fayston on May 7, 2018. Gildea said the homeowners were away on vacation and the caretaker arrived at the residence to find the jewelry boxes in the bedroom emptied onto the bed. She told Gildea there was also a Crock Pot sitting on the floor in front of the entrance to the home. Gildea said someone had gone through nearly all of the drawers in the home.
A burglary was also reported on Warren Mountain Road in Roxbury on July 22, 2018. Gildea said the home’s caretaker had returned to the residence and found the garage door open and her car missing. She told Gildea the front door was also unlocked, which was odd because she always left it locked.
Gildea said items reported missing from the home included the woman’s 2007 Subaru Impreza, an orange backpack, three metal toy trucks, a black ukulele and a few dollars in change.
On July 28, 2018, Gildea said the vehicle was found abandoned on East Warren Road in Waitsfield.
Trooper Isaac Merriam said in his affidavit a burglary was reported on East Warren Road in Waitsfield on July 25, 2018. Merriam said someone had broken into the home through the back door. He said closets, drawers and medicine cabinets had been rummaged through. Items reported stolen were a set of snow tires and a Dremel tool set.
Police said another burglary was reported on East Warren Road on Aug. 10, 2018. Police said someone broke into a garage at the home and made off with quarts of oil, tow chains, wiper blades, a grease gun and tubes and some spare change.
Merriam said a burglary was reported on Brook Road in Warren on Aug. 6, 2018. Someone pried open the front door of the home and stole several items, including a gold chain, a diamond necklace, a graduation ring and five gold coins.
Trooper Brandon Gallant said in his affidavit a burglary was reported on Plunkton Road in Warren on Aug. 9, 2018. Gallant said some gas cans, three propane cans, a generator and a wheelbarrow were reported missing.
He said the burglar entered through a small window in the kitchen that had been pried open.
Trooper Daniel Bohnyak said in his affidavit a burglary was reported on Fuller Hill Road in Warren on Aug. 12, 2018. Bohnyak said he went to the home and found a storm window propped open. He said a basement window had also been partially torn out of the foundation. Inside he said several cabinet doors and drawers were open as if someone had gone through the house.
Bohnyak said he contacted the homeowner who reported a GPS unit, a silver compass and a check had been stolen from the home.
Police said a second burglary was reported on Fuller Hill Road and a burglary was reported on Woods Road in Warren as well.
Merriam said a search warrant was executed on Aug. 20, 2018, at a home in Rochester where Richardson had been staying. Police located some of the items stolen from the homes. He said Richardson’s girlfriend told police he had been coming home with the items but she didn’t ask him about where he got them because she didn’t want to start an argument.
For the gun conviction, police said Richardson broke into a home in Warren and stole guns. Police said the guns were later located buried at Richardson’s home.