Tuesday April 2, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- One of the men charged in connection to a burglary spree that included dozens of thefts and break-ins around Windham County will on Friday begin serving a 12-month sentence at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

Travis Noyes, 21, of Rockingham, was sentenced in Windham Superior Court: Criminal Division on Monday to six to 10 years behind bars, with all of it suspended except for one year. He had pleaded guilty in March to two felony counts of burglary, two counts of aiding the commission of a felony and two misdemeanor charges of violating his conditions of release. They were reduced charges.

At the sentencing hearing Monday afternoon, Noyes requested to be able to report to Springfield on Friday so he could have some extra time to "make sure my business is in the proper care." He said he designs and sells clothing and still needs to fill out the proper paperwork to transfer authority of the business to someone else.

Judge David T. Suntag told Noyes he must report to Springfield sober and drug-free by Friday. When the judge asked Noyes if he had anything to say, Noyes replied, "Only that I'm sorry and it was an incredibly stupid thing to do."

Noyes and six other co-defendants were charged with a multitude of burglaries. Sixty of the crimes took place in Vermont, 30 occurred in New Hampshire and the remainder happened in Maine, Massachusetts and Virginia.

Nearly 30 police agencies worked together to break the burglary ring and identify those involved. Deputy State's Attorney Steve Brown said he is pleased with what the teamwork has yielded.

"As with any large, involved series of cases, there are certainly some challenges that we faced due to the complexity of the investigation," he said after the sentencing hearing.

Christopher Goldschmidt, of Athens, and Lance Thomas have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing for the crimes committed in Vermont. He said the two men also pleaded guilty to charges in New Hampshire and have already been sentenced there.

Brown also said Criscenzo Ruggiero, 21, of Westminster, pleaded guilty for his role in the burglaries and is serving a 12-month sentence. Logan Critchfield, of Walpole, N.H., has been returned to Vermont after being sentenced in New Hampshire and Dillion Lange, of Alstead, N.H., and Cody Loewe, of Bellows Falls, have been sentenced in New Hampshire and have not yet requested to be returned to Vermont.

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