NEWPORT, Vermont— Chief Travis Bingham reports that the Newport Police Department arrested a man Tuesday on burglary and other charges after he allegedly unlawfully entered a home early Tuesday morning.
DEVIN PRATT, AGE 31, of BARTON was arrested and charged with:
- Unlawful Trespass Into an Occupied Dwelling
- Petit Larceny
At 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, Newport Police were dispatched to 171 Third Streetfor a report that a man who was known to the resident had entered her home without permission. Upon arrival, officers initiated an on-scene investigation and learned that the resident encountered PRATT in her home. The resident advised police that she knows PRATT and that he had previously attempted to steal from her.
Officers subsequently began to search the area for the vehicle PRATT got into after being confronted and told to leave the home. The vehicle was located at 14 Prospect St., and PRATT was subsequently seen leaving an apartment building and was approached by officers. Newport Police obtained PRATT‘s version of events as well as other witnesses. At that time, officers determined they needed to investigate further, including reviewing area surveillance footage, given conflicting accounts.
Following further investigation, Newport Police determined that PRATT was indeed trespassing in the residence on Third Street. PRATT had also been originally found to be in possession of items that were later reported stolen from the Third Street residence.
At 9:17 p.m., Newport Police were notified that Vermont State Police had encountered PRATT in Newport Center after he was allegedly caught entering someone’s vehicle. Officers responded to the area and, in connection with their investigation from earlier in the morning, placed PRATT under arrest.
PRATT was held on $7,500 bail and was arraigned Wednesday in Orleans County District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.