Bristol Police Log: Robbers strike cars parked on Bristol’s Mountain Street

BRISTOL — On June 26, two Mountain Street residents informed the Bristol Police Department that contents from their cars were stolen.
Among the items stolen from one car were a smartphone charger, a Fletcher Allen hospital pager, a white wallet with butterflies on it, five credit cards, two debit cards, a driver’s license, $80 in cash, a Madison clutch purse, four pairs of sunglasses, an Albuterol inhaler, two bottles of prescription medication and four buckeye nuts.
Six weeks earlier, the owner of the car reported that it had been entered. Although she has been locking her car since the previous incident, her kids have been picking the weather stripping off the car, which keeps the door from closing completely, said Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.
Gibbs said that there have been several thefts from cars in recent weeks, but he said, “They’ve all been unlocked.”
The other owner reported $4,000 in stolen property, which included an iPod Nano, a Nikon digital camera, a Garmin Nuvi 680 GPS unit, a phone charger, $100 in cash, some lottery scratch-off tickets worth $50, seven gift cards, prescription for allergies, 100 CDs in a case, earrings, a gold and silver bracelet, silver necklace with pendant, and a Bluetooth device for a cell phone.
Then, on June 28, the police received another report of theft from a car on Mountain Street. The police believe that the pair of binoculars and eight CDs that were stolen were likely taken when the other two cars were entered.
No suspects have yet been identified.
In other police activity from June 14 to June 20, the Bristol police:
• On June 14, received a report of a parent neglecting a child. A health care worker taking care of a woman at a Taylor Avenue residence reported a couple of kids routinely playing in the road. The children were 4 to 5 years old. The police visited the home three times and saw no evidence to suggest the kids were in any danger or harm. Police will continue to monitor the location to make sure there aren’t any problems, Gibbs said.
• On June 14, responded to a disturbance in front of the funeral home on South Street. Apparently family members got upset when the girlfriend of the deceased arrived. Some blamed the fiancée for the death of their family member who died in a motorcycle crash after a fight with her. The Bristol police notified Vermont State Police about the incident in case there were issues at the funeral in New Haven the next day.
• On June 15, responded to a caller who said his dog bit his neighbor’s four-year-old daughter in the face. Here’s what Bristol police reported: At the time of the incident the child was being watched by a caretaker while her mother was away. The child was riding her bike near the dog-owner’s property, and the child’s caretaker spoke to the dog’s owner. The child got off the bike and before anyone could do anything it bit her in the face, said Gibbs. The mother returned and took her daughter to the hospital where she received stitches. The child was on the dog-owner’s property and no charges were pressed. The dog was registered and all of its shots were current.
• On June 16, received report of a possible drug transaction in progress. A citizen reported overhearing the conversation of a white male talking on a phone in the parking lot at Champlain Farms. The officer located the subject, who was then talking to someone in a vehicle. The guy took off on a bike and got stopped for not having a white light on the bicycle, which is required by law for riding at night. The officer questioned the man about drug activities and the man consented to a search. No drugs were found on him. He was followed to a location at Rockydale Road so that a driver who didn’t see him wouldn’t hit him, said Gibbs.
• On June 17, assisted a trooper with a combative prisoner on Route 116. The trooper was transporting the woman in the front seat of the car when the woman tried to exit the cruiser. She resisted attempts to be restrained.
• On June 17, initiated an investigation into drug sales, particularly heroin, in the area. The police received information regarding individuals dealing heroin in the area. Gibbs said this investigation may unearth information regarding the armed robbery at Living Well care home last September.
• On June 18, began investigating the report of a sexual assault on a 16-year-old female, allegedly by an 18-year-old male, who wasn’t 18 when the incident occurred, said Gibbs.
The alleged assault reportedly took place in a restroom at the high school during a dance, Gibbs said.
After interviewing the victim, Gibbs said she indicated that the forced assault never actually happened but was attempted. The alleged perpetrator has not yet been interviewed.
 • On June 19, received report of a stolen vehicle. A local garage picked up a man’s vehicle for an oil change, but grabbed the wrong car. The victim left his keys in the car, and it was the same make as the actual customer’s car, which was parked nearby.
“He got a free oil change out of the deal,” said Gibbs.
 • On June 19, received report of a dog left in a car with no water. It was parked in downtown Bristol, and the complainant thought the dog looked hot. An officer arrived and spoke with the complainant and then discovered the vehicle was registered to a Bristol woman. The temperature was approximately 72 degrees and all of the windows were open 2-3 inches. The officer checked the inside of the vehicle and it didn’t seem overly hot, but the dog did not have any water. The officer was unable to reach the owner, but dispatch got in touch with a family member who reached her. The owner of the car was on Main Street after taking the dog to swim in the river. The dog belonged to a friend. The officer gave the woman a warning for animal cruelty and advised her to take the dog home.
 • On June 19, investigated a report filed by the town municipal office of a car leaking oil on police district streets. The subject was identified and the owner of the vehicle indicated that he had a blown gasket on his motor. He apparently poured two cups of oil in the automobile everyday. He was told to repair the vehicle and until he did so he couldn’t drive on local streets.
• On June 20, received a complaint from Maplefields of a gas drive-off. A female subject operating what police believe was a Buick, allegedly has filled her tank with gas and driven off on multiple occasions. The police are attempting to identify the suspect, who they described as a dark-haired woman with a tattoo on her upper right arm.
• On June 20, received a report of vandalism throughout the village. A suspect or suspects spray painted signs, fire hydrants, mailboxes and roads throughout the village. The road crew blacked out obscenities sprayed on the road in silver and yellow paint. One witness saw three juveniles on skateboards in the area where some of the vandalism occurred the night before. The damage incurred to the town exceeds $2,000, said Gibbs. 

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