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Man charged with stealing $34,000 worth of coins from Derby home

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DERBY — A man has been charged with burglary, grand larceny, and other offenses after allegedly stealing a safe containing $34,675 in coins from a home in Derby in April.

Jonathan Letourneau, 35, and an accomplice were captured on surveillance footage breaking into the home through the back door and stealing the safe, according to Vermont State Police Trooper Richard Berlandy.

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The homeowner reported the burglary after returning from work to find his home in disarray and the safe missing.

The victim told police that the burglary may have occurred because he had listed the coins for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

Letourneau was caught after an employee at Hilliker’s Convenience Store in Newport Center reported that he and another man had paid for items with Susan B. Anthony coins, matching the description of those reported stolen.

The employee identified Letourneau from security footage, and Newport Police officers later stopped him in a traffic stop.

Letourneau was wearing clothes similar to those seen in the burglary footage, according to Trooper Berlandy.

Letourneau has pled innocent to the charges, which also include unlawful trespass in an occupied residence, unlawful mischief, possession of a stolen property, and petty larceny.

He has been released on a $5,000 unsecured appearance bond.

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