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Vermont State Police Log: Police make bust in crime spree

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last week wrapped up an investigation of a Central Vermont crime spree that included allegations that a couple had broken into a Granville home.

On Friday, May 21, VSP arrested Kevin Allen Bent, 32, and jailed him at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield for lack of $10,000 bail. Authorities were on the lookout for Amanda L. Conant, 30, wanted as a suspect in the break-in and other crimes, according to police.

Both suspects were described as homeless.

Police allege that Bent and Conant had forced entry into a Pomfret home on May 10 and stole a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee. For this crime, they face charges of grand larceny, burglary, possession of stolen property and making or having burglar’s tools.

The next day at approximately 1:33 p.m., state police were called to an active burglary at a Granville home. The homeowner, via her home security camera system, told police she saw a man and a woman break into her dwelling. Police report Bent and Conant used the stolen Jeep to drive to the home, burglarize it, and then flee. For this incident they face charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, petit larceny and aggravated operation of a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

On May 20, troopers received a report of suspicious person at the Mill Branch Market and Deli in East Randolph. Troopers arrived and recognized the stolen Jeep and said the people sleeping in the car were Conant and Bent. The vehicle had been spray-painted red, had its catalytic converter removed and the vehicle registration had been replaced with improper license  plates, police report.

The words “Bonnie & Clyde 2021” were observed to have been spray-painted on the vehicle’s hood.

The occupants appeared to be possibly impaired when awoken were ordered out of the car, according to authorities. Conant started the car and fled the parking lot at high rate of speed, police said.

Police and an Orange County deputy sheriff searched the area, and over the next few hours residents of Chelsea and Turnbridge reported seeing the Jeep in their driveways, but the vehicle was always gone when police arrived, according to VSP. At approximately 11:33 p.m., troopers located the vehicle in the woods behind a Bicknell Hill Road home in Chelsea. Bent and Conant had driven through the woods but had stopped when the Jeep became stuck in mud. The duo then fled on foot into the heavily wooded area, according to VSP.

In the stolen Jeep, police said they found numerous items believed to have been stolen, including possessions from a Barnard home.

Still,  “Bonnie and Clyde” were nowhere to be found, police said.

The next day, May 21, at approximately 6:37 p.m., state police received a report that a Silloway Septic Truck had been stolen in Chelsea. A trooper located the vehicle in East Randolph and suspected that Bent had taken it. Police searched the area and found Bent in the East Randolph Baptist Church, arrested him and lodged him at the state prison.

Before the theft of the Jeep, Bent already had a warrant out for his arrest on charges of reckless driving, eluding law enforcement and reckless endangerment. He also allegedly gave false information to a Berlin police officer and drove without a proper license during a separate incident.

As of Monday, state police had not found Conant. In addition to the above charges, she is also wanted for failing to appear at arraignment on the charge of possession of 200 mg or more of heroin.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at the Royalton barracks at (802) 234-9933 or call the State Police Crime Information Tip Line at (802) 241-5355. Anonymous crime tips can also be sent using a mobile device: Text the keyword VTIPS to the shortcut CRIMES (274687) and share the tip you have about a crime. Anonymous tips also can be made online by visiting vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

In other recent action, state police:

•  On May 14 at around 6:30 p.m., logged a report of an assault at a Route 116 home in Starksboro. After investigating, troopers determined that Katelyn Russell, 32, of Starksboro had assaulted a 40-year-old Starksboro resident. Police located Russell on May 19 and cited her for simple assault.

•  On May 21 at approximately 1:09 a.m., responded to a one-car crash on Route 125 in Ripton. Police said the car crossed the center of the road and struck a guardrail then crossed back and came to rest in the eastbound ditch. Troopers ultimately cited the driver for driving under the influence. The courts later dismissed the charge and expunged the driver’s court records, so the Addison Independent removed the name here.

•  On May 22 at 10 a.m., received a report of a domestic assault that had occurred on May 3. Troopers looked into the complaint and determined that 49-year-old James Coburn of Salisbury had assaulted a household member. State police found Coburn and cited him for domestic assault.

•  On May 22 at around 4:52 p.m., responded to a reported of an assault at the Cooley Glen trailhead in Lincoln. Police allege that Landon Urban, 31, of Barre, caused bodily injury to a family or household member. Troopers, with assistance of  Barre City police, cited Urban for 2nd degree aggravated domestic assault.

State police closed several local stretches of road in the past week for short periods due to obstacles. On May 20, they closed one lane on a stretch of Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh between 4 and 5:10 p.m. due to a traffic accident. On May 22, they closed Route 22A around the intersection with Doolittle Road in Shoreham between noon and 1 p.m., due to an accident. On May 23 between 2 and 2:30 p.m., River Road at Route 116 in Bristol was closed due to downed utility wires.

That same day, police closed Leicester Whiting Road in Leicester near Jenna Lane around 5:20 p.m., due to a motor vehicle crash.

 

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