Friday June 14, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A woman who was cornered by homeowners in May and accused of many burglaries around Robinson Avenue pleaded not guilty Wednesday to more charges after police said they identified some items alleged to be stolen that were found at her home.

Nikki Lixx, 42, pleaded not guilty to one felony and two misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property. She was ordered to continue to be held without bail as she has been since the middle of last month.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Thalia Hudson, after an article about Lixx’s arrest was published in the Bennington Banner, William Thompson contacted police to report a set of keys had been taken from his truck in March. He suspected a newspaper delivery person had taken the keys, but when he saw the article in the paper he wondered if police had recovered a set of keys. They had recovered a number of sets and were able to return Thompson his property, valued at $30.

Police also used the "return home" function on a global positioning system they recovered from Lixx’s apartment to lead them to the home of Mary and Donald Myers. Mary Myers told police they had a GPS go missing from a truck but thought they had lost it. The serial number on the box she had that it came in matched the one police found.

Hudson wrote that Nancy Shay, who had reported items stolen previously, was able to identify more items take, including a digital picture frame, a tin box, and jewelry.


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Hudson said the value of these items was enough to make the alleged crime a felony.

Lixx was originally charged with five counts of burglary, three counts of grand larceny, two counts of possession of stolen property, and possession of a narcotic. Police said they had been receiving reports of burglaries around Lixx’s home for a few months before they were called by a man who said he found her in his house and followed her out, cornering her with the help of neighbors until police arrived.

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