Vergennes Police Log: Vandalism suspect ID’d

VERGENNES — Another three dozen cars parked in downtown Vergennes were keyed by a vandal last week, mostly on Aug. 11, and Police Chief George Merkel said Burlington police late last week arrested a suspect in that vandalism spree for similar offenses in Burlington.

Merkel said the man was cited in Burlington and released with conditions. He added the man had been seen near cars in Vergennes that had been damaged, and city police consider him a suspect in vandalism in their jurisdiction.

The man might also have damaged cars in Middlebury and Bristol, with the total reaching 100 or more, according to Merkel.

In other activity between Aug. 9 and 15, Vergennes police conducted eight cruiser patrols, one foot patrol, one vehicle identification number inspection and two property watches, and also:

On Aug. 9:

•  Took an updated report that an oil painting was also among items stolen from a Panton Road storage unit during a rash of December thefts.

•  Accepted for safekeeping a silver ring found on Main Street. Police hope someone can accurately describe and claim it.

•  Checked the welfare of a North Green Street resident, who told police he was fine.

•  Backed up Vermont State Police as they arrested a driver whom they stopped in Vergennes after a pursuit.

On Aug. 10:

•  Helped Middlebury police at the scene of an armed robbery at the Court Street Mobil Short Stop.

•  Checked a report of a dog locked in a hot car in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot, but found no problem.

•  Heard a complaint from a tenant about the aggressive approach a representative from a property management company allegedly took to an eviction process.

•  Served a no-trespass order on behalf of the Main Street Champlain Farms convenience store.

•  Asked a man lying on the ground near the entry to Shaw’s to move along.

•  Responded to a one-car accident on Hopkins Road. The driver said he swerved to avoid a deer, lost control, and hit a tree.

On Aug. 11:

•  Spoke to the residents of the Armory Lane senior housing center about how to avoid fraud.

•  Responded to a report from the Armory Lane affordable housing center about unauthorized people on the property; they were gone when police arrived.

•  Calmed a dispute between Walker Avenue neighbors.

•  Dealt with a Main Street fender-bender.

On Aug. 12:

•  Checked in on a city resident after being told he had threatened suicide; the man told police he was OK.

•  Accepted a wallet a citizen found near the Vergennes-Panton line and contacted its owner.

•  Advised a woman who said her ex-boyfriend and father were both keeping Social Security checks from her to speak to the Postal Service and Social Security Administration, and tried to contact the men.

•  Served a subpoena to a city resident on behalf of the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office.

On Aug. 13:

•  Failed to find a vehicle after an erratic driving report from Route 22A.

•  Responded to the Armory Lane affordable housing center after a report of unauthorized people on the property making noise, but they were gone on arrival.

•  Calmed arguing neighbors in the Hillside Acres apartment complex.

On Aug. 14 checked a report of a screeching animal in distress near Scovil Lane, but found nothing.

On Aug. 15:

•  Issued court diversion paperwork to a minor driving a truck without an inspection sticker in the American Legion parking lot on Armory Lane. Police said the youth had alcohol in a backpack.

•  Responded to a noise complaint from the Armory Lane affordable housing center.

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