Vergennes Crime Logs: Credit card theft, fraud keep city police busy

VERGENNES — Vergennes police recently dealt with two cases involving credit and debit cards, one a fraud case and one the actual theft of a card.
On April 2, Vergennes police were told by a Main Street resident that somebody had used her debit card number to make purchases in California. Police notified the attorney general’s office and helped the woman fill out a report that she could use to work with her bank.
On April 3, another woman came into the office to report that her credit card had been stolen, along with its PIN number, while she was at the City Limits nightclub the evening before. Police said the card was used to withdraw about $400 from banks in Vergennes and Middlebury, and that the case is under investigation.
In other incidents between April 1 and 7, Vergennes police:
•  On April 1 told the owner of a car parked on the grass strip along Panton Road to move it.
•  On April 1 contacted the ex-boyfriend of a woman and told him to stop making harassing phone calls to her.
•  On April 1 were told of a Facebook picture showing allegedly inappropriate activity between an adult and child, but found no such picture.
•  On April 1 confiscated a cell phone from a Vergennes Union High School student and turned it over to the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations to pursue a sexting investigation.
•  On April 2 checked out a suspicious car in Monkton on behalf of the Addison County Sheriff’s Department.
•  On April 2 heard allegations of one Main Street tenant harassing another, an issue the tenant said would be taken up with the landlord.
•  On April 2 backed up Vermont State Police while they made an arrest on a domestic assault charge on Towpath Lane in Ferrisburgh. Troopers cited a Ferrisburgh man in the case.
•  On April 3 secured an unlocked South Maple Street building.
•  On April 3 sent the department Drug Recognition Expert to help Castleton police with an impaired driver.
•  On April 3 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad with an elderly Main Street resident who had fallen.
•  On April 3 while intervening in a Battery Hill dispute about a trade of goods involving a car dolly began investigation to determine if the car dolly was stolen property.
•  On April 4 checked out a case of vandalism in which eggs were thrown at a Main Street home.
•  On April 5 helped VARS with an elderly Walker Avenue resident who had fallen.
•  At an April 5 traffic stop cited Toni Bachand, 24, of Shoreham for driving with a civilly suspended license and ticketed her for possession of drug paraphernalia.
•  At an April 6 traffic stop arrested Christopher Provost, 41, of Ferrisburgh on an outstanding warrant and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.
•  On April 7 cited Michelle Cousino, 24, of New Haven for driving under the influence of alcohol after stopping her car for defective equipment on Route 7 in Waltham. Police allege her blood-alcohol content tested at 0.091 percent; the legal limit is 0.08.
•  On April 7 helped Bristol police with a drug investigation.
•  On April 7 contacted a woman’s ex-boyfriend and told him to stop making harassing phone calls to her.
•  On April 7 received a tip about illegal drug activity in the Vergennes area.
•  On April 7 checked out vandalism to a car parked behind a Main Street apartment building; all of its tires were punctured. 

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