Vergennes Police Log: Grinch breaks into city vehicles on Christmas

VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating a rash of car break-ins, thefts and vandalism that they said stretched from late Christmas Eve through early Christmas morning.
On Tuesday police said they were still cataloguing items taken from at least 14 cars, including cash, credit cards, personal information, a camera and more. They described the investigation of the bad-weather holiday crime spree as active.
In other actions between Dec. 18 and 24, Vergennes police:
•  On Dec. 18 were told a wallet that a woman had left at Kinney Drugs was missing cash and a credit card; police said they are investigating.
•  On Dec. 18 responded to an accident in the Green Street area in which police said a school bus struck a riding lawnmower being operated by a man who, police said, suffered no serious injuries.
•  On Dec. 18 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Main Street.
•  On Dec. 19 responded to a report of a propane smell on Adele Drive; police said fire department personnel checked it out and found no problem.
•  On Dec. 20 ticketed a car parked in violation of the city’s wintertime ban on overnight parking on city streets.
•  On Dec. 20 responded to a 911 call in which they could hear a voice saying someone was lying on the floor covered in blood. Police kicked in the door of a South Maple Street residence and discovered a woman had cut herself badly and called the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, who transported the victim to the UVM Medical Center.
•  On Dec. 20 cited Clint Barnes for driving with a civilly suspended license and for providing false information to police at a Main Street traffic stop; police allege Barnes falsely identified himself during the incident.
•  On Dec. 21 searched a home on Bristol Road in Monkton for a car allegedly driven by an unlicensed minor, an act police did at the request of Vermont State Police in Rutland.
•  On Dec. 21 responded to a report of an emotionally distraught woman at Hillside Drive apartment; she had been calmed before they arrived.
•  On Dec. 22 ticketed three cars parked in violation of the city’s wintertime ban on overnight parking on city streets.
•  On Dec. 24 backed up state police at a domestic dispute in Bridport in which a knife was allegedly held to a victim’s throat.
•  On Dec. 24 checked the welfare of a Main Street resident and called VARS to make sure he was OK; VARS personnel said he was, according to police.
•  On Dec. 24 helped a motorist get into a locked car at Shaw’s Supermarket. 

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