Vergennes Police Log: Police look into two fraud cases

VERGENNES —Vergennes police recently investigated two cases of fraud, one of which resulted in a $400 loss and the other involving a laptop purchase.
On Oct. 27, police were told by a downtown store employee that the employee had told a resident to stop sending money to a company that had promised the resident a $2.5 million prize. The resident had already sent away $400 before being advised to stop.
On Oct. 28, a Booth Woods resident told police that someone had used an account number stolen from the resident to buy a $719 laptop computer from Costco in Colchester. Police are following up that matter with Costco as part of their investigation into that crime.
In other incidents between Oct. 24 and 30, Vergennes police:
•  On Oct. 24 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Monkton Road.
•  On Oct. 25 began investigating the theft of merchandise from Champlain Farms.
•  On Oct. 25 issued a ticket to an East Street dog owner whose dog left its yard and attacked a dog being walked on a leash; the East Street dog owner also agreed to pay medical bills for the other dog.
•  On Oct. 25 took a report of a minor accident in the Goodrich parking lot.
•  On Oct. 25 were told that a Main Street resident had been threatened by another tenant’s son; police believe the threats may be part of a pattern of bullying.
•  On Oct. 25 checked the welfare of a female Main Street resident, who was found to be OK.
•  On Oct. 25 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Main Street.
•  On Oct. 26 returned a truant student to Vergennes Union High School.
•  On Oct. 26 asked the owner of construction equipment blocking Hopkins Road to move it.
•  On Oct. 26 contacted a woman who was reported to be late returning to her Main Street home, and learned she had simply decided not to do so.
•  On Oct. 26 at the request of Northlands Job Corps security spoke to two men loitering near the campus and asked them to move along.
•  On Oct. 26 and 27 went to VUHS to mentor students and help them with homework.
•  On Oct. 29 escorted children participating in the city’s Pumpkins in the Park event around downtown.
•  On Oct. 30 checked out a noise complaint at a Main Street apartment.
•  On Oct. 30 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Panton Road.

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