Vergennes Police Log: Video helps police indict man for theft

VERGENNES — On behalf of Vergennes police, Rutland police on June 27 cited a Rutland man for the June 18 theft of office supplies, a camera and other items from the Kinney Drug Store in Vergennes. 
Vergennes police said store video played a role in an investigation that resulted in the citation for retail theft issued to Christopher Derusha, 31. They also alleged Derusha was involved in similar cases in Middlebury and Chittenden County.
Vergennes police also said another man was involved in the case in Vergennes, and they expect another citation to be issued.
In other incidents between June 25 and July 1, 2018, Vergennes police:
On June 25:
• Helped Vermont State Police by responding to an accident on Route 7.
• Went to the Small City Market to deal with a male patron who caused a disturbance after the store refused to sell him alcohol; he drove off before police arrived.
• Calmed a woman walking on Main Street, who was described as combative, and returned her to a care facility.
On June 26:
• Ordered to be towed a vehicle that had apparently been abandoned on Green Street.
• Looked into a complaint from a local businessman that construction firms were parking equipment and dumping gravel and stone on his property without permission.
• Searched unsuccessfully for a suspicious man reported on Macdonough Drive.
On June 27:
• Helped a motorist enter a locked car on Spring Street.
• Took a report on a minor two-car accident on Depot Lane.
• Cited Laura M. DePaul, 30, of Benson for passing a bad check at a downtown business. Police allege she forged a signature on a $250 check on a closed account.
• Took a report from a city resident that she had received suspicious mail; the letter addressed to her with no return address contained an initialed picture of naked women, but she did not recognize the initials or the women.
On June 28 helped VSP by checking out a report that an intruder was in a woman’s bedroom; no one was found.
On June 29:
• Advised a New Haven resident on how to handle a phone scam.
• Received a tip about illegal drug activity in the area.
• Helped VSP by accompanying the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to Slang Road in Ferrisburgh, where a man who admitted to drug use was experiencing chest pain.
• Went along with VARS to a city restaurant, where a woman had fallen and been hurt.
On June 30:
• Responded along with VARS to a Green Street residence to calm family members arguing about a patient’s power of attorney.
• Helped run a grant-funded impaired-driving checkpoint in Addison.
On July 1:
• Cited Jason Ethier, 36, of Bridport for driving under the influence of alcohol, an action taken after a West Main Street traffic stop. Police said his evidentiary blood-alcohol test read 0.072, but that his BAC was higher at the time of the stop. They also cited him for misuse of license plates.
• Helped motorists get into their locked cars on Green and Main streets.
• Checked the welfare of a First Street resident who was intoxicated and experiencing what police called emotional issues; VARS took her to Porter Hospital.
• Twice cited Alara Bourgeois, 24, of Vergennes for driving with a suspended license, criminal offense. After stopping her for the first time, along Main Street, police left her vehicle in a parking lot along the road and told her not to drive it again. After leaving on another call, they spotted her driving again, this time on Monkton Road, and issued the second citation, this time seizing her plates and ordering her vehicle towed. Police also cited her for misuse of plates and driving an uninspected vehicle without insurance.
• Called VARS to help a man having a panic attack at the Ferrisburgh Jiffy Mart; police also searched his car and tested his sobriety because they said he admitted using crystal meth the night before, but found nothing and determined he was not impaired.

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