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May 24, 2016

Press Release - 13D103824 - Conviction on three counts of burglary and felony possession of stolen property







CASE#: 13D103824

TROOPER: Sergeant Michael Studin                                                        

STATION: VSP-Rockingham                    

CONTACT#: 802-875-2112


DATE/TIME: On 05/24/16

LOCATION: Windham County Superior Criminal Court

VIOLATION: Three counts of burglary and one count of felony possession of stolen



ACCUSED: Donna Ditchkus                                                                                          

AGE: 54

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro, Vermont


1. VICTIM:                                           The Dunham Estate

                                                                Upper Dummerston Road,

   CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:      Brattleboro, Vermont


2. VICTIM:                                           Johnathan Flaccus

                                                                Unique Antiques

                                                                Main Street

   CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:      Putney, Vermont


3. VICTIM:                                           Chester and Elizabeth Ridel

   CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:      Auger Hole Road

                                                                Marlboro, Vermont


4. VICTIM:                                           Megan Dickerson Pelletier

                                                                Route 100

   CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:      Wilmington, Vermont


5. VICTIM:                                           Jack Winner Antiques

                                                                Route 30

   CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:      Newfane, Vermont





On 05/24/16, Donna Ditchkus pleaded guilty to three counts

of Burglary and one count of felony Possession of Stolen Property, in Windham

County Superior Criminal Court.  Her guilty plea culminates a three year

investigation into a string of burglaries and thefts in the Windham County area

that began in the Spring of 2012.  Ditchkus engaged in these crimes with Rebecca

Harkness of Westminster, Vermont.  Harkness pled guilty in November of 2015 and

is currently incarcerated.  During the course of the investigation, the Vermont

State Police, the Brattleboro Police Department, the Wilmington Police

Department, the Dover Police Department and the Windham County Sheriff

Department recovered over 200 pieces of stolen property. 




Sergeant Michael Studin

Patrol Commander

Vermont State Police

Rockingham State Police Barracks

1987 Rockingham Road

Chester, Vermont 05143

802-875-2112 (W)

802-875-2176 (F)