Vergennes Police Log: Break-ins, thefts keep city police busy

VERGENNES — In the two-week period between June 4 and 17 Vergennes police dealt with a variety of calls, including handling two more car break-ins, aiding Vermont State Police by detaining three suspects from a New Haven theft case, and responding to several incidents at the Northlands Job Corps.
In those 14 days, Vergennes police:
On June 4:
•  Calmed a man on Walker Avenue who was suicidal and persuaded him to go with a family member to meet with the Counseling Service of Addison County. Police visited him the next day to make sure he was OK.
•  Looked into an allegation that a man threatened a woman sitting in a car on Panton Road.
•  Detained until VSP could arrive three suspects at a traffic stop at the intersection of Monkton Road and Route 7 who had reportedly fled north after an alleged theft at the New Haven Jiffy Mart. Police said the three had tried to re-enter the store but were locked out by employees before the suspects left the scene.
On June 5:
•  Stopped a truck towing a modular home north on Route 7 after taking a call from a motorist that a tire on the home had been damaged while on Route 22A; police informed the driver of the damage, and repairs were made on the scene.
•  Took a report from a cab driver that a person he took from the city as far north as Sheldon was suspicious; police passed on the tip to state police and the Border Patrol.
On June 6:
•  Cited Valerie L. Forest, 33, of New Haven for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a civilly suspended license, actions taken after responding to a report of two cars parked in Falls Park after hours.
•  Took a report that a 9mm handgun was stolen from an unlocked car parked on New Haven Road.
•  Went to the Ferrisburgh town office to pick up a wallet that had been turned in there that belonged to a city resident, and then went to Northlands Job Corps to return the wallet to the resident.
•  Spoke to a landlord and a tenant in a case involving an alleged threat.
On June 7:
•  Helped a motorist get into a locked car on Main Street.
•  Looked for a suspicious car on South Maple Street that was gone when police arrived.
•  Responded to a report of a suspicious man hanging around Vergennes Union High School and told him to move along.
•  Dealt with a minor two-car accident on Green Street.
•  Investigated an allegation that conditions of a relief-from-abuse order had been violated and determined they had not.
On June 8:
•  Investigated the theft of a pocketbook with cash and a credit card from an unlocked car on New Haven Road; police said significant charges reaching four figures were made on the credit card.
•  Calmed a woman threatening to harm herself at a Monkton Road residence.
•  Checked a report of a suspicious vehicle at the Eagles Club on Monkton Road and found no problem.
•  Looked unsuccessfully for a vehicle reported to be tailgating on New Haven Road.
On June 9:
•  Dealt with a minor two-car accident in the Champlain Farms parking lot.
•  Helped a motorist get into a locked car on Main Street.
•  Aided state police at a Panton Road DUI stop.
•  Looked into a report of gunshots behind a West Main Street home; police found nothing, but alerted Fish & Wildlife officials.
On June 10:
•  Were told of an accident in the Kennedy Brothers parking lot in which an excavator backed into a smaller vehicle.
•  Dealt with a minor two-car accident in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.
•  Responded to a driver leaving the Small City Market without paying for gas.
On June 13:
•  Dealt with two incidents of vandalism at Northlands. In one students turned over furniture, tore posters off walls, and urinated and spread talcum powder throughout a dorm; police said there was not enough evidence to file charges against specific students, but several were terminated from the program. In the other case Northlands officials reported damage to a sprinkler head in the room of another dorm.
•  Helped a motorist get into a locked car on Main Street.
On June 14:
•  Spoke to two people sleeping in a car parked near Small City Market and determined they were OK.
•  Called a tow truck to remove a disabled tractor-trailer truck on West Main Street.
•  Picked up a dog running loose on Main Street and returned it to its owner.
On June 15:
•  After a tip told the owners of an unregistered dog on Walker Avenue to register it, but contrary to information provided, determined the dog was healthy.
•  Dealt with a two-car accident at the intersection of Main and Green streets.
•  Responded to a fire alarm triggered when a student set off a smoke bomb in a Northlands dorm.
On June 16:
•  After receiving a complaint from a woman that two former friends were harassing her by phone told all parties to stop contacting one another.
•  Helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a Main Street call.
•  Determined that a dog left alone in a vehicle parked on Main Street was fine because windows were down and the sunroof was open.
•  Helped a motorist by jump-starting a car on Green Street.
On June 17:
•  Responded to Ferrisburgh on behalf of VSP to a complaint about a dog trying to bite its new owner; the dog was returned to its previous owner.
•  Dealt with two women expressing suicidal thoughts; police calmed one themselves and persuaded the other to meet with Counseling Service of Addison County.
•  Investigated a false fire alarm at a Northlands dorm; police said charges against a student are possible, and the student could also be terminated.

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