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July 07. 2014 3:42PM

Derry woman to plead guilty to multiple home burglaries


BONNIE USHER 

BRENTWOOD – A Derry woman charged with burglarizing a dozen homes across Rockingham County will plead guilty to charges related to the break-ins and for allegedly selling jewelry taken from the homes, according to prosecutors.

Bonnie Usher, 46, struck a plea agreement to resolve her 20 charges pending in Rockingham County Superior Court instead of going to trial, prosecutors said in court papers.

She is expected to change her plea on July 14. Terms of the plea deal have not been made public, but Usher could face up to 3½ to 7 years in state prison on each of the charges.

She is being held on $100,000 personal recognizance bail at the Rockingham County jail.

Usher is accused of burglarizing homes in Auburn, Derry, and Londonderry between September and mid-January. Usher is also charged with attempted burglary for trying to break into a Windham home on Oct. 28, indictments say.

She was recently allowed by a judge to be released from jail on electronic monitoring, but she is still being held in custody, according to jail records.

Usher's alleged burglary spree ended on Jan. 15 when Derry police pulled over her car while she was driving on South Main Street.

Prosecutors say Usher took jewelry from the homes and sold some of it to a Derry pawn shop and attempted to sell other jewelry to a local jewelry store in early January.

She allegedly broke into six homes in Derry, four in Londonderry, and two in Auburn, according to indictments.

A grand jury indicted her on 12 counts of burglary, three counts of attempted burglary, and counts of receiving stolen property and theft by deception.

The day before her arrest she attempted to sell a Burberry watch to a Derry pawn shop but the shop apparently refused to buy it, according to indictments.

When Usher was arrested on Jan. 15, Derry detectives had watched her enter a home and exit a few minutes later with property from the house, according to police. Police checked on the home and found that it had been broken into.

Neighbors on Dexter Avenue had also reported to police that they had seen a woman who resembled Usher walking around a house while the homeowners were not present.

jkimble@newstote.com



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