A Vermont man faces eight years in prison after admitting his role in a 2010 burglary spree across the Northern Tier.

Randy Therrien was set to go on trial in Clinton County Court this week but instead pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary.

Therrien and his accomplice, Wendy Patch, 39, also of Milton, Vt., were arrested in February 2010 after an alert resident foiled their scam and contacted police about their suspicious behavior.

Police later located the pair and identified them as the culprits behind at least four break-ins.

The burglars went to residences during the day and, when someone answered the door, they would ask if the person had anything for sale.

If no one was home, they ransacked the residence, stealing everything from personal items to a snowmobile trailer, police said.

Patch, Therrien's former girlfriend, ultimately pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and was sentenced to five years of probation, plus restitution.

Therrien, who was the mastermind behind the scheme, now faces an eight-year prison term and five years of post-release supervision.

The Clinton County District Attorney's Office said Therrien will also have to pay restitution, the amount of which will be determined at a later date.

He remains jailed on bail pending his Sept. 7 sentencing.

Email Andrea VanValkenburg at: avanvalkenburg@pressrepublican.com

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