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Vt. police arrest suspect in Burlington burglary

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Burlington police say a suspect has been arrested on charges he burglarized a diner in the Vermont city and then assaulted two people who chased him after he allegedly stole a purse from a woman's car.

Thirty-nine-year-old Travis Laplant of Swanton was arrested Monday after he allegedly stole the purse and then hit the woman who saw him walking away from her car with her purse and a good Samaritan who was helping her. Both victims were hit in the face. The 20-year-old male was treated for an eye injury.

Police also suspect Laplant burglarized Henry's Diner in downtown Burlington on Saturday shortly after closing.

The Burlington Free Press ( says Laplant was jailed at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington. He is due to be arraigned Tuesday.

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