Vergennes Police Log: Fraud under investigation
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sunday referred to the FBI the Internet fraud case of a Sunset Drive resident who discovered an unknown third party was trying to sell her home.
Police said they called the phone number listed on the ad and quickly determined it was a fraud, but that the case was out of their jurisdiction and thus they referred it to federal authorities.
Between April 22 and 28 Vergennes police also conducted a number of foot patrols, some focusing on the area around Main and South Water street and Macdonough Park, about which they had received complaints.
They also operated five directed traffic enforcement patrols around the city, issuing three tickets.
Between April 22 and 28, city police also:
On April 22:
•Checked a complaint that a man was with a child on Hillside Drive with whom he was not supposed to be, and determined it was a case of mistaken identity.
•Helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad deal with an attempted suicide; police said the woman was taken to the UVM Medical Center and was expected to be OK after drinking bleach.
•Ticketed a truck on Monkton Road for being 3,500 pounds overweight and for traveling on the road without an overweight permit.
On April 23:
•Ticketed a tractor-trailer truck for speeding on Main Street.
•Checked a report of a tractor-trailer unit with a flat tire on Main Street, but could not find it.
•Took a complaint at the station from a woman who said she was being harassed by texts from another woman who was jealous about a relationship; police advised her to block the number and report any further harassment.
•Checked a report of a fire behind Vergennes Union Elementary School and discovered an outdoor cooking grill in use.
•Helped a motorist get into a locked car on Monkton Road.
•Secured an unlocked door at the Bixby Library after an alarm sounded.
On April 24 helped VARS with an uncooperative patient on Walker Avenue.
On April 25 dealt with a minor accident in the Vergennes Animal Hospital parking lot.
On April 26:
•Heard from a Main Street tenant that his landlord had entered his apartment without permission; the landlord, who police said has filed an eviction notice, told police he did not enter the apartment. Police determined this was a civil issue.
•Were told an antique motor had been stolen from a storage shed at a Main Street business.
On April 27:
•Accepted what police described as enough medications to fill a large box on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
•Went to a Creekview Apartment to check out what has been a series of unfounded reports of an odor.
On April 28 conducted a background investigation on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security.
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