Tuesday May 7, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A Robinson Avenue woman who police said was tackled by a homeowner Friday after he caught her in his house pleaded not guilty to eight felonies and four misdemeanors in connection with alleged thefts from homes in her neighborhood.

Nikki Lixx, 42, was held on a furlough revocation while $500 bail was placed on her for the new charges, which include five counts of burglary, three counts of grand larceny, two misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of narcotics.

Bennington Police said Lixx was arrested early Friday morning after a person in the area of Clarks Woods found her in his home. Lixx fled and was chased by the homeowner, eventually being tackled with the help of neighbors who held her while police arrived. Police said Lixx confessed to a number of burglaries in the area and gave them permission to search her home which turned up several items police believe to be stolen along with prescription medication Lixx did not have a prescription for.

In October 2012 Lixx pleaded guilty to felony counts of identity theft, and forgery, as well as a misdemeanor charge of false pretenses or tokens. She was given an 18-month to 36-month sentence on pre-approved furlough as part of a plea agreement.

Deputy State’s Attorney Robert Plunkett argued that Lixx be held without bail on the new charges, given that the Department of Corrections still has the option of releasing Lixx on furlough despite the current revocation.


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"She’s not going to be going anywhere any time soon," said Lixx’s attorney, Lucy McCarthy.

Judge Cortland Corsones imposed $500 bail on the misdemeanor charges.

The Banner was not able to obtain the affidavit of probable cause on Monday.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.