BENNINGTON -- A woman whose string of burglaries came to an end when her neighbor found her in his home in the early morning hours was sentenced earlier this month to serve between two and 10 years in prison.

Nikki Lixx, 42, of Robinson Avenue, pleaded guilty on Feb. 5 to two felony counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling, two counts of grand larceny, three misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, and possession of a narcotic.

The state dismissed three misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, three counts of burglary, and one count of grand larceny as part of a plea agreement.

Lixx has been held since May when Bennington Police said a homeowner on Robinson Avenue was in his basement smoking a cigarette at about 1 a.m. when he heard footsteps upstairs. He found Lixx, and called 911 before following her out of the house.

An initial press release by Bennington Police indicated that Lixx was tackled by the neighbors, but the affidavit filed with the court said she was merely followed and prevented from fleeing. Police had been in the area, as a rash of burglaries had been reported around Robinson Avenue.

Lixx told police when she was arrested she had been following a cat, wanting to play with it, and denied being in the man's house. She later admitted to it, and the man does not own a cat.

Police suspected Lixx of being involved with a number of home burglaries where residents reported a wide number of items stolen, some with no monetary value. Lixx's home was searched, and police recovered a number of reportedly stolen items. One was a global positioning system, which police found the owner of by using its "return home" function.

Lixx was charged as a habitual offender and has a number of felony convictions on her record related to forgery and identity theft. A restitution hearing was ordered to be held within 30 days of the sentencing if an agreement is not reached.

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