Police: Barton burglary suspect’s crime spree continued into Newport

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NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department says they arrested the man accused of breaking into a business in Barton over the weekend, after he was alleged to have unlawfully entered a home early Tuesday morning in Newport, and was caught going through a vehicle in Newport Center.

Devin Pratt, 31, of Barton, was arrested and charged with burglary, unlawful trespass into an occupied dwelling, and petit larceny.

This is in addition to being caught on surveillance cameras on Sunday, May 17, forcing his way inside Nick’s Snack Shack in Barton, and stealing a pair of men’s work boots from off the front porch of a residence on Water Street.

Newport police say at 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, they were dispatched to a residence on Third Street for a report that a man had entered a home without permission.

Police say the resident encountered Pratt inside her home, and that he had attempted to steal from her before.

Officers began to search the area for the vehicle Pratt fled in after being confronted and told to leave the home.

The vehicle was located on Prospect Street where Pratt was seen leaving an apartment building.

Police say they were given Pratt’s version of events and at the time determined they needed to investigate further.

At 9:17 p.m., Newport Police were notified that Vermont State Police had encountered Pratt in Newport Center after he was allegedly caught entering someone’s vehicle.

Officers responded to the area and, in connection with their investigation from earlier in the morning, placed him under arrest.

Newport Police say their investigation determined that he was indeed trespassing in the residence on Third Street, and was found to be in possession of items that were later reported stolen from the residence.

He was held on $7,500 bail and arraigned yesterday in Orleans County District Court.

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