Vergennes Police Log: Second man cited for breaking into vehicles

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Oct. 5 cited a second man for the string of Sept. 25 break-ins into 13 vehicles on South Maple Street, Thomas Circle, Maple Manor and Booska Court, this time adding the crime of entering a garage.
Cited with petit larceny for the series of break-ins and the burglary was Chad M. Duval, 33, of Burlington.
In a case in which they worked with Vermont State Police, Vergennes police the week before had cited Christopher Holwager, 26, of Waltham for 13 counts of larceny for the 13 car break-ins.
Police Chief George Merkel said the case remains under investigation and further citations are possible.
In other incidents between Oct. 3 and 9, Vergennes police:
• On Oct. 3 interviewed a couple involved in a disturbance on Main Street. Police said a witness told them the man struck the woman and drove off, but the woman told police it was a verbal dispute only; the incident remains under investigation.
• On Oct. 3 checked out a report of a man selling drugs in front of the Post Office, but he was not there when police arrived.
• On Oct. 4 went with the department’s canine to the help the Addison County Sheriff’s Department at a traffic stop in Addison; city police said the dog alerted on the vehicle and marijuana and paraphernalia were found and the ACSD cited the driver for driving under the influence of drugs.
• On Oct. 5 accepted a wallet a citizen found on Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburgh; police were still trying to contact the owner earlier this week.
• On Oct. 5 helped a car owner get into a locked vehicle on South Maple Street.
• On Oct. 5 went to Walker Avenue to check out a report of a car playing loud music; it was gone when police arrived.
• On Oct. 7 patrolled city schools due to the recent clown scare.
• On Oct. 7 dealt with a minor two-car accident on South Water Street.
• On Oct. 8 directed traffic around a disabled tractor-trailer truck at the intersection of Main Street and Monkton Road. While there, they waved at a car to slow down and it stopped, and police realized its occupants were smoking marijuana. Police ticketed two occupants for possession of 26 grams of marijuana and notified Department for Children and Families that they were smoking the drug while driving with two children in the rear seat.
• On Oct. 9 cited Derek F. Taft, 27, of Pittsford for driving under influence refusal and failing to observe limitations in backing; police made contact with Taft after he allegedly backed his car up Monkton Road into Main Street and then pulled into Champlain Farms and nearly struck the pump island.
• On Oct. 9 on behalf of Williston police tried to find a Second Street resident to serve a citation, but could not find him.
• On Oct. 9 checked a home on behalf of residents who were out of town and found it had been entered, but nothing was apparently missing; police contacted relatives to double-check the house and belongings.
• On Oct. 9 calmed a verbal domestic dispute at a Main Street residence.
• On Oct. 9 accepted a cell phone found on Macdonough Drive.
• On Oct. 8 responded to a minor two-car accident at the intersection of Green and Spring streets and cited one of the drivers involved, Jacqueline Russett, 60, of Vergennes for driving under the influence. Police said a preliminary test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.105; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

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