Bristol police log: Varied activities keep Bristol police busy

BRISTOL — Bristol police were kept busy with a variety of calls in the past couple of weeks.
In recent activity, Bristol officers:
•  On Dec. 3 recovered a cell phone that was found near Merchants Bank and returned it to its owner.
•  On Dec. 4 in response to citizen concerns, began patrolling and monitoring major crosswalks in the village.
•  On Dec. 4 received a report of a stolen laptop computer. Police followed up, and the laptop was returned to its original owner without incident.
•  On Dec. 4 investigated a report of a couch in the woods near South Street where a homeless person had previously been squatting. A search revealed no homeless person, but there is a couch in the woods.
•  On Dec. 5 received a report that a former Kountry Trailer Park resident was on the property in violation of a court order. The owner of a trailer had evicted the man for failure to pay rent; the former resident returned to claim the deck that he had installed while living there. Bristol police sent the case to the state’s attorney’s office to determine whether a crime had been committed.
•  On Dec. 7 received a report of a person violating house arrest. A check was made with probation and parole, but no violation was found.
•  On Dec. 8 received a report of the theft of two beaded bracelets valued at $10 from a downtown business.
•  On Dec. 8 received a report from a West Street resident that a suspicious person was in the area. The resident saw a tall, white, young male walking between her house and her neighbor’s who she alleged acted like he was “doing something.” Policed searched for but did not find the person; the resident found nothing in her home missing or disturbed.
•  On Dec. 9 turned over a dog that was in the pound to its Bristol owner.
•  On Dec. 11 climbed through a very small window on North Street, after a senior citizen who had locked herself out of her home came to the police station for assistance. The resident was given a ride back to her home, and Bristol police entered the home through a tiny window with the resident’s permission and let her back in through the front door.
•  On Dec. 12 arrested Brenda Shores, 44, of Bristol and charged her with unlawful trespass. An officer was present at a village home investigating a complaint from the day before that an “unknown individual” had thrown two bricks through the windows of the property. Shores was a suspect in the vandalism case, and had previously been told not to come on to the property, police said. While the officer and the resident were in the garage, Shores reportedly entered the home without permission and left a gift under the resident’s Christmas tree, Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said. Shores was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility for lack of bail.
•  On Dec. 13 received a report from a Pine Street resident whose vehicle was vandalized while parked on Main Street. The tires on the car were slashed. One suspect has been identified.
•  On Dec. 13 investigated a report involving three male juveniles assaulting a female juvenile at the Bristol Elementary School. Two male students reportedly held the female student by the arms while the third male assaulted her. The case is still under investigation, but Gibbs said it was unclear whether charges could be pressed, since all of the subjects involved were under the age of 10.
•  On Dec. 13 received drug materials taken from a student at Mount Abraham Union High School that school officials turned over to police. Court action is pending against the student, who has not yet been cited.
•  On Dec. 14 removed debris blocking traffic on North Street.
•  On Dec. 14 received a report of a hit-and-run on Main Street. Police were told that a man operating a green Dodge pickup had rear-ended a police district resident; when she pulled over to exchange information the man drove off. She supplied Bristol police with his license plate number. Later in the day the man, who was identified as Marland Brewer, 47, of Starksboro, was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Route 4 near Sherburne, Gibbs said.
•  On Dec. 15 assisted a Bristol resident who was handicapped and having trouble operating his vehicle.
•  On Dec. 15 investigated a report of a theft from a customer’s purse at Rite Aid. Witnesses told police that a female suspect had been “hanging around” a senior citizen’s purse while both were waiting near the pharmacy counter, according to Gibbs. The senior citizen soon discovered around $200 in cash missing from her purse. A suspect has been identified.
•  On Dec. 15 received a report that a vehicle had backed into a Dumpster at Maplefields gas station. The vehicle’s rear window shattered, but no damage was done to the gas station property.
•  On Dec. 17 performed a reference check for an individual applying for a license to be a security guard.

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