Vergennes Police Log: Son cited for stealing pain patch

VERGENNES — Vergennes police filed three charges against a city man for allegedly breaking into his mother’s home on Aug. 22, assaulting her and stealing a pain patch off her body.
Police arrested Rory Thompson, 29, three days later after finding him at an East Street residence and lodged him at the Marble Valley Correctional Center. He was charged with domestic assault, burglary for entering his mother’s home with intent to steal in violation of a no-trespass order, and larceny.
Police said they first went to the home in response to a report of a domestic dispute, which Thompson’s mother first said was over cigarettes. After they left, Thompson’s mother, who is handicapped, reported he returned and demanded her pain patches. Police allege that when she refused, he tore off one of the patches, which police said are intended to relieve extreme pain, before leaving.
In other incidents between Aug. 22 and 28, Vergennes police:
•  On Aug. 22 were told pictures had been drawn in chalk on the post office.
•  On Aug. 22 were told of two gas thefts from Champlain Farms, of about $40 and $38.
•  On Aug. 22 dealt with a minor two-car accident on Crosby Court.
•  On Aug. 22 helped a woman get into her locked car on Main Street.
•  On Aug. 23 helped Vermont State Police at the scene of Ferrisburgh accident on Route 7 that involved two tractor-trailer trucks.
•  On Aug. 23 began investigating a case of vandalism to a car parked near the Otter Creek falls; police said they have determined who urinated on the car and poked a hole in a tire, and charges are expected.
•  On Aug. 23 dealt with a noise complaint at a Hillside Drive apartment.
•  On Aug. 23 searched for a man reported to be outside a Walker Avenue apartment, but found no one.
•  On Aug. 24 helped a man get into his locked car at the Small City Market.
•  On Aug. 24 were told a ladder had been stolen from the Black Sheep Bistro.
•  On Aug. 24 calmed a couple involved in a domestic dispute at a New Haven Road residence.
•  On Aug. 24 began investigating reports of two teens inhaling paint fumes for the purpose of getting high, which the police referred to as “huffing,” and a possibly related incident of one teen threatening another with a knife at the city’s skate park.
•  On Aug. 24 checked a report of men outside a Walker Avenue apartment, and while there called the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad because the complainant fainted. The woman was OK, and no men were found.
•  On Aug. 25 took a report that a car parked at Shaw’s had been damaged by a shopping cart.
•  On Aug. 26 went along with the department canine to help Bristol police investigate a store break-in.
•  On Aug. 26 investigated the untimely death of a 62-year-old woman at a Walker Avenue apartment and determined there was no foul play involved.
•  On Aug. 26 began investigating an allegation that one city woman was harassing another city woman.
•  On Aug. 26 dealt with a minor two-car accident at the intersection of School and Green streets.
•  On Aug. 26 were told that a man’s food aid had been stolen from the American Legion by another man claiming to be the complainant.
•  On Aug. 26 charged Northlands Job Corps student Ita Sterling, 18, of East Orange, N.J., with lewd and lascivious conduct for allegedly groping a female student. The female student reported the incident to campus security personnel, who called city police.
•  On Aug. 27 looked into a report of men smoking marijuana behind a Main Street apartment building and ticketed one man for possession of paraphernalia. Police also confiscated a bottle that allegedly contained liquid LSD, and further charges are possible based on testing of its contents.
•  On Aug. 27 dealt with a disabled car on Main Street.
•  On Aug. 28 calmed a domestic dispute at a Hillside Drive apartment.
•  On Aug. 28 were told a digital camera had been stolen from a car parked on Main Street.
•  On Aug. 28 checked out a report of gunshots in the woods near the city pool, but found nothing. 

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