A Stowe man who was previously convicted of killing his foster mother is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a jewelry store in town.
Scott Favreau, 37, of Stowe was identified from surveillance footage as one of the burglars, police allege, and they say Favreau identified Michael Ulrich, 27, of Stowe as his accomplice.
The burglary happened Oct. 14 at Ferro Jewelers on Main Street; police got the alarm at 2:40 a.m.
Police arrested Favreau two days later, and recovered nearly all the stolen jewelry, said Detective Sgt. Fred Whitcomb of the Stowe police.
Surveillance video shows a man picking up a paving stone next to the jewelry store and throwing it through a window. The video shows one man entering the store, using the broken window for access.
Once inside, he smashed the store’s glass cases and stole about $7,000 in merchandise.
“They did a lot of damage to the interior of the store,” Whitcomb said. “The damage to the interior is greater than the value of the jewelry they stole.”
Store officials said the security systems worked effectively, including high-security safety shields, but as a precaution, they have taken steps to make store security even more intense.
On Oct. 17, Favreau was arraigned in Caledonia County Superior Court and ordered held without bail. He was charged with violating the terms of his parole from his conviction for first-degree murder.
In 2002, Favreau was convicted of second-degree murder for the 2000 shooting and killing Vicky Campbell-Beer — his foster mother — in her West Burke home. In 2017, his conviction was overturned on a technicality and prosecutors charged him again, this time with first-degree murder.
In November 2018, Favreau pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 40 years to life, with all but 30 years suspended. However, he had already served 17 years in prison, which made him eligible for parole in August.
He was free from prison for about two months before being arrested last week.
Ulrich, who was cited and released, has a lengthy criminal history. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to burglary and petty larceny — breaking into Ornament Design in Jeffersonville and stealing $6,000 in gems and jewelry. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to possession of a stimulant, depressant or narcotic. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and resisting arrest after he assaulted a woman at the Grey Fox Inn in Stowe.
It is unclear when Favreau and Ulrich will be arraigned on the newest charges. The Lamoille County State’s Attorney’s Office said it had not yet received affidavits from police.