Subway card foils alleged burglar
LINCOLN — Vermont State Police “followed the Subway” to a Bristol resident they have charged with burglary in connection with an Aug. 1 break-in at the Lincoln General Store.
Police on Monday cited Josh Mayo, 21, for burglary for allegedly breaking into the Lincoln store through a side window. Once inside, authorities allege he stole around $305 in cash and $330 in cigarettes.
Police allege that before Mayo broke the window, he tried unsuccessfully to force open a side door at the store. He also tried to slip the lock using a Subway Restaurant card, according to police. It was during this failed attempt that police said Mayo’s card slipped through the door. He failed to recover the card before making his escape, police said.
But police found the card at the scene and tracked its serial number to a Jiffy Mart (with Subway) in Hinesburg. Police, in cooperation with Jiffy Mart owners, found video showing Mayo using the card, according to police.
Lincoln General Store owner Vaneasa Stearns positively identified Mayo on the video, according to police, who took him into custody. Mayo is scheduled to be arraigned on the burglary charge in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, on Sept. 24.
Multiple VSP patrols have been conducted in the Bristol and Lincoln areas in the past few weeks to curb this type of criminal behavior. Anyone with information on criminal activity in these areas are encouraged to contact VSP New Haven at 1-802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or text “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
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