Bristol Police Log: Police respond to 3 a.m. vandalism incident

BRISTOL — At 9 a.m. on Nov. 1, an officer responded to the Bristol Federated Church at the corner of North and Church streets for a vandalism complaint.
Police were told that earlier that same morning at around 3:30 a.m., an unknown person or persons caused damage to the church sign. Neighbors reported being woken up by a noise and looking out to see two older teens or young adults run from the area and onto Garfield Street.
One was reportedly wearing a lime green hooded sweatshirt with dark pants. Anyone with information is asked to contact Bristol police at 453-2533.
In other recent activity, Bristol police:
•  Conducted foot patrol on Main Street and in the surrounding area on Oct. 30 and 31, and on Nov. 1, 2 and 3 at varying times of day.
•  Conducted foot patrol on Mountain Street at Bristol Elementary School and in the surrounding area on Oct. 30 and 31, and Nov. 1 and 2.
•  Conducted security checks at Mount Abraham Union High School on Oct. 30 and 31, and Nov. 1, 2, 3 and 5.
•  Conducted town-contracted traffic patrol on Oct. 30 and Nov. 3, covering Monkton Road, Lower Notch Road and in the Stoney Hill area. Officers issued three warnings for speeding and one warning for a stop sign violation.
•  Began investigating a complaint of theft and forgery of personal checks on Oct. 30.
•  Assisted a citizen in obtaining a court order for an ongoing family matter on Oct. 30.
•  Notified the town of Bristol that several streetlights were out on Main Street on Oct. 30.
•  Put notices on all vehicles parked on all streets in the police district informing owner/operators of the upcoming winter parking ban on Oct. 30.
•  Assisted a person who reported ongoing harassment by referring them to the court and law enforcement agency in their area of residence on Oct. 31.
•  Investigated a two-car crash — no injuries — at a West Street business on Oct. 31.
•  Attempted to stop a vehicle that ran a stop sign at Liberty and West streets at 11:43 p.m. on Oct. 31. The vehicle fled at high speed, moving westbound on Route 17. Bristol police pursued the vehicle as far as Addison, where the subject eluded them. Later that same night, Vermont State Police arrested the driver, 53-year-old Patrick Brace, on unrelated charges and took him into custody. State police took Brace to the New Haven barracks, cited him for violation of a restraining order, simple assault and unlawful mischief and lodged him at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
Brace is suspected of running into a vehicle in Kountry Trailer Park just prior to the pursuit. The Bristol police Department’s investigation of the incident is still ongoing.
•  Attended a training on investigation techniques for crimes that involve the internet and personal electronics, sponsored by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on Nov. 1.
•  Began a truancy investigation on Nov. 1.
•  Completed a local police records check on Nov. 1.
•  Completed fingerprint requests on Nov. 1 and 2.
•  Assisted a juvenile in obtaining services from the Vermont Department for Children and Families on Nov. 1.
•  Examined an electronic device related to an active investigation on Nov. 2.
•  Completed a local records check for employment purposes on Nov. 2.
•  Received a report of a white Honda Pilot operating in the Mount Abraham Union High School parking lot with kids “surfing” on the roof on Nov. 7.
•  Took part in an eight-hour training on counter-ambush tactics for officer survival at the Vermont Police Association’s annual conference on Nov. 3.
•  Began investigating a fraud complaint on Nov. 3. A local resident reported unauthorized purchases made to their credit card account.
•  Began investigating a reported assault at a local residence on Nov. 5.
•  Received a call from a non-district resident asking about rules and laws related to an adult providing scratch-off lottery tickets to a minor on Nov. 5.

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