Vermont State Police Log: Neighbors surprise gun thieves

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last Friday were called to investigate a burglary at a Starksboro home in which a neighbor interrupted the thieves apparently in the act of stealing guns.
According to Senior Trooper Justin Busby, Shane Manning and Kenneth Lemieux, both 23 and both from Starksboro, were surprised by a neighbor while they were inside a Shaker Hill Road home without permission at a little before 2 p.m. on March 29. The two men ran from the residence with stolen firearms and ammunition and attempted to hide down an embankment, Busby reported.
The suspects abandoned the firearms and ammunition as they fled from the scene.
Troopers — with the assistance of a K9, Addison County Sheriff’s deputies and neighbors — identified, located and arrested Manning and Lemieux. The men were scheduled to be arraigned this week.
In other recent activity, VSP troopers:
•  On March 26 received a report from a Monkton man of a theft from his automobile. The man told police that while he was out back-country skiing on the Battell Trail off Elder Hill Road in Lincoln, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., someone broke a window of his 2001 silver Volkswagen Jetta. The assailant stole approximately $150-200 worth of tools, as well as a pair of sneakers. VSP increased patrols of area trailhead parking lots. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked contact VSP New Haven at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
•  On March 26 at 1:50 p.m. received a report that two cars sideswiped, causing moderate damage to both. The trooper reported that both cars were southbound on Route 7 in New Haven going uphill, one in the climbing lane and the other in the slow-moving-vehicle lane. There were no injuries.
•  On March 26 at 10:20 p.m. observed a vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign and blinking red light at the intersection of Routes 73 and 22A in Orwell. When troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver quickly accelerated attempting to elude police, Senior Trooper Joseph Szarejko reported. The driver, later identified as 45-year-old Glen Tenzer of Orwell, sped away down Mount Independence Road, and eventually traveled off the pavement on Bascom Road, where his vehicle became disabled. Police cited Tenzer for driving under the influence (second offense), grossly careless and negligent driving, excessive speed, attempting to elude a police officer and possession of marijuana.
•  On March 27 at 8:25 a.m. responded to a two-car crash on Route 7 in New Haven. Police reported that William Mount, 47, of Bristol was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am southbound in a passing lane, and he was passing a 1992 Volvo 240 driven by Benjamin Hubbard, 20, of Vergennes. According to a report from Sgt. James Hogan, the right lane was ending and Hubbard merged into the left lane before Mount’s Grand Am was completely past him and the left front end of Hubbard’s Volvo collided with the right rear end of the Grand Am. Neither vehicle needed to be towed from the scene and there were no injuries.
•  On March 27 received reports of vandalism of mailboxes along Sand Road in Ferrisburgh that reportedly occurred during the evening hours between March 22 and 24. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
•  On March 28 at 1:30 a.m. stopped on Interstate 91 near Exit 12 (Wilder) to check on a disabled motor vehicle. While speaking with the driver, identified as 23-year-old Azer Avdagic of Middlebury, the trooper saw signs of impairment and so he conducted field sobriety exercises. The trooper cited Avdagic for driving under the influence.
Trooper Eric Jollymore reported that 21-year-old Kyle Gingras of Middlebury, an occupant of the car, provided VSP with information regarding the operation of the vehicle. Jollymore said that further investigation revealed that the information Gingras provided was false, and he cited Gingras for giving false information to a law enforcement officer.
•  On March 28 at 10:40 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle for speeding on Route 22A in Shoreham. Police cited the driver, 40-year-old Todd Norris of Bridport, for possession of marijuana.
•  On March 29 cited Thomas Huestis, 38, of Burlington for possession of marijuana as a result of a car stop on March 28. Other charges filed on Huestis stemming from the same incident were resisting arrest and violation of conditions of release.
•  On March 29 at 5:17 p.m. responded to a complaint of a burglary and theft from a Maple Street home in Waltham. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
•  On March 30 at 5:20 p.m. were told of the theft of sneakers and glasses from a motor vehicle on Elder Hill Road in Lincoln. It is estimated the theft occurred between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
•  On April 1 received a report of the theft of two game cameras taken from the woods behind a Lake Street home in Addison sometime in the past three or four weeks. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
•  On April 1 looked into the report of the theft of sugaring equipment from Quaker Street in Lincoln. The victim reported his vacuum pump system was stolen sometime after 2 a.m. on Monday. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.

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