Police said they caught a Rutland woman with three GPS devices and a cellphone stolen from cars in the Northwest neighborhood.
Tiffany A. Richardson, 23, of Chestnut Street, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Rutland criminal court to four misdemeanor charges of possession of stolen goods as well as a misdemeanor drug possession charge stemming from a separate incident. If convicted on all charges, she could face a maximum of five years in prison.
Richardson was released on conditions including that she stay away from the various alleged victims.
Rutland City Police said Kevin Levesque looked out his Roberts Avenue kitchen window early Tuesday morning and saw Richardson opening his car door. Levesque had his wife call the police, according to affidavit, and confronted Richardson, holding her arm when she tried to leave.
Police said that when they arrived, Richardson was holding the GPS from the Levesque’s car.
Richardson had also been spotted on North Main Street that morning. Police said resident Anthony Cirelli described seeing her in his driveway, confronting her and watching her ride off down Kendall Avenue on a bicycle. After she left, Cirelli told police, he saw one of his car doors was open.
Cirelli said he believed he had surprised Richardson before she had a chance to get anything out of the car.
Police said Richardson was carrying a cooler that contained $27.50 in change, two other GPS devices programmed to homes at Kendall and Lincoln Avenue addresses and a cellular phone belonging to a woman on Burnham Avenue.
The drug charges resulted from an incident in April in which Richardson arrived at what police described as a house known for drug activity while an officer was present. Under questioning from the officer, according to affidavits, Richardson handed over a bag of Clonazepam pills for which she did not have a prescription.
At the same hearing, Richardson entered a guilty plea to an unrelated trespassing charge. She had originally made a deal to pay a $300 fine, but Deputy State’s Attorney Rosemary Kennedy said that in light of the new charges, she wanted to put Richardson on probation.
“There’s more going on with Miss Richardson than originally thought,” Kennedy said.
Richardson did not object, agreeing to a sentence of 1 to 3 months, suspended, with a year of probation and $147 in surcharges.
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