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7 arrested in 5-state burglary investigation

Posted Feb. 06, 2012, at 11:54 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 06, 2012, at 4:45 p.m.

PUTNEY, Vt. — Seven people are suspected in a burglary ring that police say is linked to about 100 burglaries in five states, Vermont State Police said Monday.

Most of the burglaries — 60 of them — happened in Vermont. Another 30 were in New Hampshire, plus four in Maine, four in Massachusetts and one in Virginia, police said following a multistate investigation.

“Investigations are still ongoing, far reaching, and new crimes are linked every week,” Vermont State Police said.

Four suspects were arrested on Saturday; two were in custody in New Hampshire on unrelated charges; and authorities were looking for the seventh — 21-year-old Logan Critchfield of Walpole, N.H., police announced on Monday.

The thieves mostly targeted small businesses without alarm systems in the early morning hours, often breaking through a window to take cash and other items, police said.

Arrested were: Criscenzo Ruggiero, 20, of Westminster; Travis Noyes, 20, of Saxtons River, Lance Thomas, 18 ,of Rockingham and Christopher Goldschmidt, 18, of Athens all on multiple counts of burglary, unlawful mischief and unlawful trespass. Police were seeking arrest warrants for Cody Loewe, 20, whose last known address was in Bellows Falls and Dillon Lange of Alstead, N.H., who were already in custody.

The multistate investigation was launched after law enforcement in Windham County in southern Vermont this summer noticed a pattern of similar burglaries along the Connecticut River Valley, police said.

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