Police say evidence links Vergennes man to many home burglaries
SALISBURY — A Vergennes man who was apprehended in Salisbury for outstanding arrest warrants for drug charges in Rutland, is now suspected of being involved in a number of Addison County burglaries.
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at around 5:30 a.m., the Vermont State Police received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle and man on Smead Road in Salisbury. The caller was concerned because the residence had been burglarized in the past.
A trooper from the New Haven barracks located an unoccupied green GMC truck parked off the road; the truck was registered to Hans Rumble, 32, of Vergennes. The trooper discovered that Rutland police had issued three warrants for Rumble’s arrest for three counts of possession of narcotics.
Troopers patrolled the area, and at approximately 7:55 a.m. found Rumble, took him into custody and transported him to the New Haven barracks without incident. Upon searching Rumble when taken into custody, troopers say they found a small quantity of suspected heroin and other suspected drug paraphernalia. Rumble’s truck was subsequently transported to the New Haven barracks, where, after obtaining a search warrant that day, police seized several items linked to burglary cases in Brandon and Benson. They report that they also found seven 4-mg tabs of Suboxone sublingual film, which were not prescribed to Rumble.
State police cited Rumble for possession of stolen property, violation of conditions of release, possession of heroin and possession of narcotics, and held him on the warrants. Rumble was lodged at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility for a lack of $30,000 bail and was arraigned in Rutland County Court on Thursday for both the Rutland County warrant and the Addison County charges.
During the course of the investigation troopers obtained additional information that indicated Rumble was involved in other area burglaries. Upon obtaining a search warrant for Rumble’s residence on Comfort Hill Road in Vergennes, troopers, along with officers from the Vergennes Police Department, executed the warrant on Thursday evening. During the search, troopers seized numerous items that they determined were stolen.
Police applied for and were granted additional search warrants to extend the scope of the search to two storage units in Middlebury. Police said that on Thursday they found a significant number of items there. The evidence on Friday was being cataloged and associated back to active burglary cases.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming for Rumble related to the recovery of stolen property, VSP said, adding that once the evidence is cataloged, victims will be contacted to identify and claim their belongings.
Anyone with information regarding these burglaries is asked to contact the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.
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