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Vermont State Police Log: Thieves strike at Cornwall camp

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ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on Aug. 2 received a report of the theft of approximately $14,305 worth of property from a private camp off Swamp Road in Cornwall.

A 2004 Kubota Orange RV900 ATV worth $9,000 was stolen, as well as generators, tools, radiators from trucks, batteries, a 12-foot aluminum boat, chainsaws, 300 feet of copper welding cable, and scrap aluminum and metal.

Some of the property was locked in storage trailers with padlocks. The property was also gated and locked. Evidence at the scene revealed that a circular grinder and or bolt cutters were used to force entry.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police New Haven Trooper Andrew Leise at 1-802-388-4919.

Troopers are actively soliciting help from the public in solving this crime and other crimes. Anyone with information that can help state police solve a crime is asked to contact them at 802-388-4919, or to submit information anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

In other recent activity, troopers out of the New Haven barracks:

•  On July 25 at approximately 9:20 p.m. responded to a report of a violation of conditions of release. Investigation led to the arrest of Shayne Thomson, 56, of Ferrisburgh. He was cited for violation of conditions of release.

•  On July 26 cited Widad Hayyat, 26, of Middlebury for violation of a temporary no-stalking order for an incident that occurred that day when she allegedly made contact with a 24-year-old Middlebury woman.

•  On July 30 at 10:33 a.m. were called to investigate the break-in of a vehicle parked at the owner’s residence on Lake Dunmore Road in Leicester. It is believed the theft occurred within an hour before the call. Later that day, at 8:49 p.m., troopers were called to a different home on the same road on the report that a black Tack wallet had been stolen out of a different victim’s vehicle. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact state police as described above.

•  On July 30 at approximately 8:40 p.m. responded to a report of a vehicle that had run into a tree at Bartlett Falls on River Road in Bristol. Investigation revealed that minimal damage was done to the unattended vehicle that rolled across both lanes of traffic and into the ditch on the far side of the vehicle’s original parking spot. The vehicle was pulled from the ditch and was driven home.

•  On July 31 were dispatched to a burglary complaint at Vaughn Court in Monkton. Investigation revealed that several hundred dollars of copper piping and wire were stolen from the residence between July 29 and 31.

•  On July 31 at 4:50 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash on Cram Road in Leicester. Police said a Honda Accord was stopped in the middle of the road negotiating a right turn into a driveway when a Chevy Colorado driven by Erica Mahon, 23, of Brandon was traveling northbound; she swerved to avoid hitting the Accord and subsequently struck a tree. The Chevy was towed from the scene.

•  On July 31 responded to a report of a burglary at a North Orwell Road residence in Orwell. Entry was gained through a side door.

•  On Aug. 1 at 6:15 a.m. were called to a reported burglary at the Lincoln General Store. The culprit(s) first tried to get into the East River Road business through a rear door, but ultimately gained access through a window, according to the store owner. Once inside, the thieves stole an unspecified amount of cash and cigarettes, according to police.

•  On Aug. 1 received a report from the Ripton Elementary School of the theft of $50 from a classroom and $20 from a teacher’s purse.

•  On Aug. 1 at approximately 6 p.m. received a complaint from a New Haven man who reported that he had been camping in Lincoln off Cooley Glen hiking trail and woke to find his belongings scattered on the ground next to his car. This case is still under investigation.

•  On Aug. 1 at approximately 10 p.m. responded to a reported motorcycle crash on Monkton Road in Monkton. Investigation revealed that the Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle was slightly damaged when operator Gregory Lavallo, 22, of Broadalbin, N.Y., was allegedly traveling over the posted speed limit rounding a sharp corner on Monkton Road at the intersection of Nichols Street when he lost control. Lavallo traveled off the west side of the roadway and into a patch of tall grass, and was uninjured. Troopers concluded that alcohol did not play a role in the crash.

•  On Aug. 2 at 6:34 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Route 22A in Shoreham. During the stop, the driver identified himself using another person’s name, date of birth and Social Security number. No identification card was provided. Trooper Leise said investigation while on the stop revealed that the driver was actually John Reynolds, 25, of Bakersfield, Vt., and not the person he said he was. Leise reported that Reynolds identified himself as another person because his right to drive in Vermont was suspended. Reynolds was arrested for providing false information to a police officer.

•  On Aug. 2 at around noon received a report of a runaway juvenile in Waltham. The juvenile reportedly took an ATV from a neighboring farm where her father works and left to drive it around area roads and fields. Troopers responded to that area to patrol and attempt to locate the juvenile. Approximately three hours after the complaint was reported the juvenile was located with the ATV in a farmer’s field. The juvenile was fine and was returned to her residence. Police subsequently notified the Department of Children and Families of the incident.

•  On Aug. 2 were called to investigate the theft of produce, meat and cash from a farm stand located on Route 17 in Starksboro between 1 and 3:30 p.m. that day.

 • On Aug. 3 at approximately 8 p.m. were called to a Buttolph Road residence in Shoreham to investigate a citizen dispute. Through investigation troopers identified Ryan Phelps, 32, of Shoreham as the person who was causing the disturbance. Further, police said he had operated a 2001 white Dodge Durango at excessive speeds on Buttolph Road with a criminally suspended license and he did approximately 29 feet of damage to the road surface.

State police attempted to contact Phelps by phone without success. When troopers went to his residence on Philion Road in Shoreham they were advised that just prior to their arrival Phelps had grabbed a gun and run into the woods.

The next morning at about 9:40 a.m. state police arrested Phelps at his residence without incident and cited him for violation of conditions of release, driving with a criminally suspended license and disorderly conduct. Phelps was later lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

•  On Aug. 3 at 10:30 p.m. went on the lookout for a 16-year-old female who did not return to her Lincoln home on time and had not been heard from and did not respond to text messages. The juvenile was located the next afternoon; and police said there was no foul play, she had simply refused to go home.

•  On Aug. 4 at 10:24 a.m. received a report of the theft of two chainsaws — one Husqvarna and one Craftsman — from private property off Murray Road in Lincoln. The chainsaws were stolen from two storage containers and are worth approximately $450 for the pair. Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police New Haven Trooper Andrew Leise.

•  On Aug 4 at 2:48 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on Dog Team Road in New Haven. Police report that Matthew Podraza, 18, of Middlebury was driving a Honda Element northbound on the road when he was distracted while reaching for an item in the vehicle while negotiating a sharp curve and he ran off the roadway and collided with a tree. Airbags deployed. Podraza refused medical attention for what police called minor injuries, and he was given a written warning.

•  On Aug. 4 at 6:29 p.m. received a report of a burglary on Old Hollow Road in Ferrisburgh. A full six-gallon gas can was reported stolen along with two garbage bags of empty beer cans.

•  On Aug. 4 received a report of a small refrigerator and a suitcase stolen from a locked storage unit sometime between April and Aug. 4.

•  On Aug. 4 at 8:06 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 22A in Ferrisburgh. Police reported that Lara Loughlin, 18, of Dorset was driving a 2001 Volkswagen on Route 7 following a 1999 Jeep driven by Cory Shalek, 20, of Vergennes when Loughlin’s car rear-ended Shalek’s. The trooper said Laughlin followed too closely to Shalek’s car.

•  On Aug. 5 began investigating vandalism to a motor vehicle that occurred just after midnight in the driveway of a Lower Notch Road home in Bristol. Police said someone punctured all four tires of a Dodge Caravan and also scratched a horizontal line approximately 28 inches long on the hood of the vehicle. Witnesses saw a single female walking away from the vehicle just prior to finding the damage to the vehicle.

•  On Aug. 5 at 5:16 p.m. received a complaint that someone had driven away from the North Ferrisburgh Short Stop Mobil without paying for $20 in gasoline.

•  On Aug. 5 responded to a one-car crash on Route 116 in Starksboro. The driver told police that she swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle in her lane causing her to drive into the ditch. She did not sustain any injuries.

•  On Monday, Aug. 6, at 9:28 a.m. responded to a truck rollover on Route 125 near the Lemon Fair bridge in Cornwall. Trooper Doxsee reported that Larry Sisler, 55, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., was driving a loaded tractor-trailer eastbound on a sharp curve when, he told police, he had felt the load shift so he tried to jerk the wheel to correct for the shift in weight. The truck ran into the guardrail and off the roadway overturning into a ditch.

Rescue personnel assisted Sisler on scene, and he refused transport to the hospital. Police gave him a ticket for failure to maintain his lane of travel.

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