Bellows Falls man accused of 2-year burglary spree

LONDONDERRY, Vt. (WCAX) Police say Travis Despain, 27, of Bellows Falls, targeted dozens of homes and businesses in southern Vermont. Despain is now charged with 39 counts of burglary.

Travis Despain

A printed out press release rests on the counter of Jelley's Deli in Londonderry.

"To show everybody who the guy is so everybody is aware of what is going on. A guy like that shouldn't be running up and down the street," Butch Jelley said.

Despain is charged with 39 counts of burglary, 34 counts of unlawful mischief and 26 counts of larceny. Down the street from the deli, police say Despain also broke into the Napa Auto Parts store, the Hardware store, a church and a restaurant.

"He smashed the glass out of the door, stole cigarettes," Jelley said.

In nearby Weston, the Vermont Country Store, the library and town offices were also hit. According to police, the crimes all took place between May 2015 and April 2017.

Police say Despain also targeted the Windham Elementary School, Fran's Kitchen in Jamaica, the town offices in Andover and Bromley Market in Peru. Magic Mountain and several homes was also burglarized.

"It is rather disturbing to know that those things are going on even in small towns but it is certainly a relief to know that someone had been charged," Weston Town Clerk Kim Seymour said.

Seymour was aware the break-ins were being reported around the region at the time and took steps to protect herself.

"I felt that whatever cash we had, even if it's petty, needed to be more properly secured," she said. "So rather than leave it in our file cabinet, we locked it in our vault."

Only property damage was done here. Police estimate Despain is responsible for $3,500 in damage in total, as well stealing $35,000 worth of personal belongings and merchandise.

"The worst part about the whole situation is who pays for my door? I got a $1,000 deductible. Who wins the case," Jelley said.

Police say as they continue their investigation, more charges could be coming. Anyone who thinks they may be a victim is asked to call the Vermont State Police.

We asked police how they finally busted Despain. We're still waiting to hear back on that.