Vergennes Police Log: Waltham man accused of breaking into 13 cars
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Monday arrested Christopher Holwager of Waltham and cited him for 13 counts of larceny for breaking into 13 vehicles on Sept. 25 on South Maple Street, Thomas Circle, Maple Manor and Booska Court.
Working with Vermont State Police on the investigation, Vergennes police also took Holwager, 26, into custody for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court in an unrelated case. He was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.
Police Chief George Merkel said at the same time VSP also arrested a Waltham woman in Holwager’s company, Mirabai Werner-Lust, 28, on another outstanding warrant. Merkel said the two were at a home in Vergennes at which parked outside was a car reported to have been stolen from The Bronx, N.Y.
The Sept. 25 series of car break-ins — which also included entering a garage, a crime for which Holwager was not cited — remains under investigation, Merkel said.
In incidents between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2, Vergennes police:
• On Sept. 26 were told a former Northlands Job Corps employee was harassing a current employee; police are trying to locate him to issue a no-trespass order.
• On Sept. 26 helped a car owner get into a locked vehicle at Vergennes Union High School.
• On Sept. 26 responded to a dog-bite incident on Thomas Circle; police said a dog on a leash bit a runner. The dog had its shots, and police made sure all information was exchanged between the parties.
• On Sept. 27 dealt with fender-benders on Armory Lane and South Water Street.
• On Sept. 28 and 30 performed background checks for a federal agency.
• On Sept. 28 helped Rutland police by sending the Drug Recognition Expert to evaluate a driver, who was determined to be impaired.
• On Sept. 28 responded with the department canine to a burglary on Route 7 South in Middlebury to help Middlebury police; the dog determined the building was clear, but had been entered; police said money was missing.
• On Sept. 29 patrolled the area around South Green and Maple streets due to the recent break-ins.
• On Sept. 29 took two reports of suspicious behavior, one from a Mountain View Lane resident concerned about activity in a home from which the owner is absent, and one from a Waltham resident concerned about neighbors.
• On Sept. 29 helped state police by responding to a one-car accident on Lime Kiln Road in New Haven.
• On Sept. 30 took a report that a cellphone had been lost near the Vergennes Post Office.
• On Sept. 30 were told a woman’s ex-boyfriend was harassing her by posting ads on Craig’s List with her phone number.
• On Sept. 30 issued citations to two youths at VUHS homecoming for underage drinking and one of them for possession of marijuana; police said the youths were Mount Abraham students.
• On Sept. 30 helped state police and Bristol police with a vehicle pursuit on Plank Road in Ferrisburgh. City police said Bristol police used “stop sticks” to end the chase, and that they helped VSP take a suspect into custody.
• On Oct. 1 saw a car behind Denecker Chevrolet with its headlights out and checked it out, resulting in the arrest of passenger John MacLean III, 39, of Rutland on an outstanding warrant; he was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. Police said the driver was the same man that the department drug recognition expert had evaluated for Rutland police on Sept. 28, and that Rutland police would cite him for violations of his conditions of release.
• On Oct. 1 were told that medical marijuana had been stolen from a city apartment.
• On Oct. 1 helped Bristol police by taking Christopher Crowningshield, 46, of Middlebury into custody in Vergennes for allegedly violating an abuse prevention order. City police delivered him to Bristol and said Crowningshield could also face unlawful mischief charges in Bristol.
• On Oct. 1 returned a computer tablet found in Vergennes Laundry to its owner.
• On Oct. 1 at a traffic stop at the intersection of Route 7 and New Haven Road cited a 17-year-old Bristol resident for driving with a suspended license, criminal offense, and issued diversion paperwork to him for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
• On Oct. 2 learned that side mirrors of six vehicles parked on School Street had been vandalized.
• On Oct. 2 ticketed a School Street resident for possession of marijuana.
• On Oct. 2 stood by while a man removed belongings from a First Street residence.
• On Oct. 2 locked an unsecured business on New Haven Road and left a note.