Arlington woman pleads not guilty to stealing money, selling heroin

BENNINGTON -- A woman who stole money from Mulligan's Restaurant a week after she was arrested in a drug sweep pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to some of the charges she had been facing, and was given deferred and suspended sentences.

Bonnie Bucchieri, 23, of Arlington, pleaded guilty to grand larceny, and a felony count of heroin sale.

She received a three-year deferred sentence on the larceny charge, meaning if she stays out of trouble for three years it will be expunged from her record. On the heroin sale, she received a one to three year suspended sentence. The state dismissed a burglary charge, and a misdemeanor count of possession of heroin.

On Sept. 25, Bucchieri was arrested along with 15 other people in "Operation Strike Two," a follow-up to last January's "Operation County Strike," where police spent the day arrested people suspected of being drug dealers based off information collected by the Vermont Drug Task Force.

A week or so after being arrested and released on conditions, Bucchieri was accused of going into Mulligan's Restaurant in Manchester and taking an envelope with $1,300 from an office. An employee at the restaurant told police they had seen Bucchieri come and go.

The incident, plus another where a man arrested in the sweep was later accused of stealing lottery tickets, prompted the Manchester Police Chief, Michael Hall, to express frustration via Facebook over how the court has been handling pending drug cases.

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