Middlebury Police Log: Police investigate alleged home break-in

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a burglary at a South Street residence on Dec. 31. Police said someone allegedly broke into a locked safe sometime during the past seven years and stole “several thousand dollars” worth of items.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Middlebury police at 388-3191.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Responded to a noise complaint in the South Pleasant Street neighborhood on Dec. 29.
•  Took a man into protective custody at the request of the Counseling Service of Addison County on Dec. 29.
•  Investigated a report of someone allegedly receiving harassing text messages at Middlebury Union High School on Dec. 29.
•  Were informed on Dec. 29 of the alleged theft of an unspecified amount of cash from the Middlebury Short Stop.
•  Checked on the contents of a suspicious box that a woman had found inside her vehicle on Dec. 30. Police determined, with the use of a laser, that the box contained some facial and beauty products.
•  Investigated a domestic dispute at a Halladay Road home on Dec. 30. Police said the dispute was verbal in nature, but that the man had punched a refrigerator and had sustained a hand injury. The man went to the Porter Hospital for treatment.
•  Served a temporary restraining order on a Case Street resident on Dec. 31.
•  Were informed on Dec. 31 that a black Ford F250 had struck a vehicle on Court Street and left the scene. Police said the truck had a chrome exhaust stack in the center of the box behind the cab.
•  Received a complaint about “excessive black smoke” coming from directly north of the Middlebury Department of Public Works headquarters off Route 7 South on Dec. 31. Police determined the smoke was coming from a chimney at the nearby Speedi-Lube, which has been having a problem with its furnace.
•  Assisted Bristol police with a family fight on Dec. 31.
•  Conducted a health and welfare check on Jan. 1 on an elderly Commodore Way resident who had fallen more than a day prior and was unable to get up after suffering a medical event. Officers said they had to force their way into the home after a concerned neighbor was unable to reach the man. Middlebury Regional EMS took the man to Porter Hospital.
•  Cited Autumn Rakowitz, 33, of South Burlington for driving under the influence, following a traffic stop on North Pleasant Street on Jan. 1. Police said they measured Rakowitz’s blood-alcohol level at 0.8 percent — the legal limit for driving.
•  Responded to a report of an intoxicated male walking on Shard Villa Road on Jan. 1. Vermont State Police located the male and gave him a ride home prior to the arrival of the Middlebury officer.
•  Investigated a report of some alleged cyber-bullying between two juveniles on Facebook on Jan. 2.
•  Warned some Butternut Ridge Drive residents about their barking dogs that were generating noise complaints on Jan. 2.
•  Contacted an East Middlebury man who had allegedly made some “suicidal, sexual and offensive” statements to a neighbor on Jan. 2.
•  Received a “be on the lookout” request for two missing Massachusetts girls believed to have been in the Middlebury area on Jan. 2. Police said the Vermont State Police located the girls in Salisbury.
•  Responded to a report of some screaming children in a South Pleasant Street apartment on Jan. 3.
•  Ticketed a man found to be in possession of marijuana in a vehicle at the Three Mile Bridge pull-off on Jan. 3.
•  Cited Brandon Yandow, 18, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, following a traffic stop on Weybridge Street on Jan. 3. Police said Yandow declined to submit to a breath test.
•  Responded to a report of harassing text messages and threats allegedly being made by an intoxicated man who was reportedly walking to Seminary Street Extension from Route 116 on Jan. 3. Police received a report that the man had a gun and had been threatening suicide. Police ultimately determined the man was at his Bristol home.
•  Investigated a larceny complaint in the East Munger Street area on Jan. 4.
•  Were informed of a gas drive-off from the Middlebury Short Stop on Court Street Extension on Jan. 4. Police said the vehicle was described as a silver Land Rover with a Massachusetts plate.
•  Issued court diversion paperwork to a Middlebury Union High School student who was found to be in possession of alcohol on campus on Jan. 5.

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