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Middlebury Police Log: Potential hate crime under investigation

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a report of a potential hate crime in the Park Street area at around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. Police said two white men allegedly exhibited “very hostile, combative behavior” — including using “racial and sexual orientation slurs” — toward a person of color. Police said the suspects at the time were traveling in a dark-colored, four-door sedan with Vermont plates. The matter remains under investigation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Warned a group of juveniles who had reportedly been riding scooters unsafely in the South Village Green garage on Nov. 5.
•  Returned, to Middlebury Union Middle School, a student who had left the campus on Nov. 5.
•  On Nov. 6 helped a Jackson Lane resident whose car is believed to have been stolen by a person to whom she had recently loaned the vehicle. Police believe the person who “borrowed” the vehicle is now driving it in another state.
•  Received a report of a MUMS student leaving the campus on Nov. 6.
•  Launched an investigation into a report of some missing funds from Prime Storage on Exchange Street on Nov. 7.
•  Received a report of a Middlebury Union High School student allegedly sending “provocative” photos to someone outside of the country on Nov. 7.
•  Responded to a noise complaint in the Valley View neighborhood on Nov. 8.
•  Cautioned a woman to stop jumping in and out of traffic on North Pleasant Street on Nov. 8.
•  Collected some used syringes that had been found in the intersection of Washington Street Extension and Peterson Terrace on Nov. 8.
•  Were informed on Nov. 8 of the theft of some automotive equipment from a Birchard Park garage.
•  Cited Karl Hubrich, 58, of Hancock for a criminal count of driving with a suspended license, following a traffic stop on East Main Street on Nov. 8.
•  Quieted a loud party at a Weybridge Street home on Nov. 9.
•  Ticketed an MUHS student for being a minor in possession of tobacco on campus on Nov. 9. Police said the youth was specifically in possession of a vape device.
•  Served a no-trespass order on Nov. 9 to a woman not wanted at the Middlebury Inn.
•  Were informed an MUHS student had not showed up for classes on Nov. 9.
•  Began an investigation into an alleged scam involving a house advertised for rent through Craigslist on Nov. 10. Police said the victim had responded to the ad for a house for rent on Monroe Street. She said she paid a $1,000 fee through Paypal, and produced a receipt and interactions with the alleged ad contact, according to police. But the homeowners told the victim they knew nothing about the ad and that the home was not for rent, authorities said.
•  Responded to a trespassing complaint at a Halladay Road residence on Nov. 11.

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