NEWPORT CITY – A would-be thief looking for video games will serve three to six months in prison, all suspended except 75 days. Fifteen of those days are five consecutive weekends beginning Oct. 14.
On Thursday, Jared Stanzione, 31, of Derby Line, entered a plea of guilty to a felony charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling and a misdemeanor charge of petty larceny of $500 or less.
On Dec. 9, 2008, state police received a call from someone reporting a person kicking in her front door. Upon arrival, Senior Trooper Andrew Jensen saw footprints that led to the rear of the home. Senior Trooper Clark Lombardi, who also responded, used his dog to attempt to track the suspect. Lombardi said the footprints went around to each window and door but came back to the front door that was kicked in.
Jensen said the victim was sobbing and visibly shaken by the incident. The victim told police she was sleeping in the living room when someone woke her up by knocking on the door. The victim said there were no lights on in the home and she called 911 when she heard the person on her back porch. The victim was still on the phone with 911 when Stanzione kicked in her front door.
The victim said that she saw a tall man with a black knit hat on his head and carrying a flashlight, standing in her doorway. The victim was still on the phone with 911 when the man left the home, got into a vehicle parked in her driveway and took off. The victim was unable to describe the vehicle or give any more of a description of the man. Jensen took photographs of the tire marks in the snow.
On Dec. 22, 2008, Jensen and Sgt. Darren Annis went to Stanzione’s residence to arrest him on an unrelated outstanding warrant.
Police believed Stanzione committed the burglary because he lived in the area and has the build described by the victim, is capable of kicking in a door and drives a small pick-up truck that matched the wheel base measurement obtained at the scene.
As police were leaving with Stanzione, Stanzione questioned why police were looking at his truck. Annis explained the officers were looking at the tires because they suspected they matched the tracks at the burglary scene. Sgt. Darren Annis wrote that the tire tracks at the burglary scene appeared to have been made by fairly aggressive snow tires that were mounted on a narrow vehicle such as a car or small truck.Stanzione did not object to police photographing and measuring the tires.
At the state police barracks, police read Staznione his Miranda rights. Stanzione told Annis he didn’t want to speak with him without an attorney. Annis said okay and that he would not be able to ask him further questions about the incident.
Stanzione then started asking questions about the burglary. Annis told Stanzione that the lady inside of the house at the time of the burglary was scared. Annis explained the suspect did not steal anything and left after kicking in the door. Stanzione asked if the penalty was less harsh since the suspect did not actually enter and steal anything. Annis said that would be left up to the court and penalties are based on circumstances of the case.
Annis told Stanzione that he suspected he was the person involved and he could either speak with him then or when he had enough probable cause to charge him. Stanzione said he had to think for a moment and then admitted to the crime. Stanzione started to explain what happened, but Annis stopped him and again advised him of his Miranda Rights. Stanzione waved his rights and agreed to speak with Annis.
Stanzione said on the night in question he was driving on the road by the victim’s home and stopped at her residence because there were no lights on. He told police he drove into the driveway, exited his truck and walked around the house. Stanzione said he didn’t think anybody was home, but knocked to make sure and then kicked the door in. Stanzione said he looked in the doorway and thought, “I’m getting the hell out of here.” Stanzione said he was thinking he already had court dates and didn’t want to go to jail.