Vergennes Police Log: Thefts keep police busy at Shaw’s

VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating two thefts last week at Shaw’s Supermarket, one they said allegedly occurred inside the grocery store and the other outside in its parking lot. In both cases police said they were reviewing video footage. 
On this past Saturday, April 18, police said a , after shopping at Shaw’s, loaded groceries into her vehicle and then returned to the store to pick up one or more items. Police said she apparently forgot to lock her vehicle, and when she returned the groceries were gone. 
On the day before that, police were told a man’s debit card was stolen from his shopping cart when he looked away from it while shopping.
Between April 13 and 19 Vergennes police also:
•  Conducted 30 traffic patrols throughout the city as they continued to try to maintain a high profile during the governor’s stay-at-home directive.
•  Conducted a dozen property watches, most of them at Vergennes Union High School, Shaw’s and the Armory Lane affordable housing construction site; one on a vacant home; and one at the city skate park and nearby fields. Police reminded citizens that the skate park is closed, and that they should clean up after dogs if they walk them on public property.
•  Joined in the nightly “Clang and Bang” parades intended to boost residents’ morale during the pandemic. 
•  On April 15 dealt with a dog bite incident on Panton Road. Police said a dog on a leash held by a child nipped a female pedestrian; they determined the woman was not seriously hurt and the dog’s shots were up to date. Police warned the pup’s owners to keep the animal under better control. 
•  On April 18 calmed a family fight involving a mother and two young teenage sons who police said were concerned about the amount of alcohol she was drinking. Police said one of the sons and his mother wrestled over a cell phone, and he was scratched and she fell. Police said they did not file charges, but referred the case to the Department for Children and Families and arranged for a family friend to stay at the residence for the night to keep things calm. 
•  On April 18 responded to a neighbor’s complaint of a smoky bonfire at the corner of South Water and School streets and found a family gathered around a small fire in a pit; police determined there was no problem. 

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