Man cited for burglary, threatening witness in Leicester

LEICESTER — A Woodstock man was lodged on $10,000 bail on Wednesday, July 18, after allegedly using a two-by-four to threaten a woman while breaking into a home off Route 7.
Vermont State Police cited 31-year-old Samuel Olds for unlawful mischief, burglary of an occupied dwelling and disorderly conduct in connection with the alleged incident, for which he was arraigned on July 19.
Police said they were called to Champlain Beverage 1620 Route 7 at around 6:30 p.m. on July 18 to investigate a report of a man — later identified as Olds — returning to the store after having been asked to leave earlier in the day for allegedly scaring customers by wearing a shirt over his face.
While responding to that call, police said they received a second call about the same suspect allegedly breaking into a home at 2303 Fern Lake Road, near Champlain Beverage. Troopers at the scene interviewed a nearby resident who said she confronted Olds after allegedly witnessing him breaking “numerous windows” at the home. A subsequent investigation revealed Olds had entered the home through a rear door, using a cinder block, police said.
Police alleged Olds attempted to assault the witness with the two-by-four by throwing it at her. He then fled the scene, according to police.
The witness provided police with a picture of Olds and said she saw Olds run into some woods near 1352 Route 7. Police said they found Olds in that area and took him to the VSP’s New Haven barracks for booking. Olds was lodged that night at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail, according to police.

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