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Vergennes Police Log for Nov. 24

VERGENNES — Vergennes police are advising local businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency after a recent incident at the Maplefields convenience store on Main Street.

A customer on Nov. 15 tried to pay for a purchase with a $5 bill the cashier believed to be fake, and a quick test with a marker proved the cashier correct. Police said the customer took the bill back and left, and it remains possible other counterfeit bills are in circulation in the area.

In other action between Nov. 15 and 21, Vergennes police conducted 10 patrols in their cruisers, several of them in response to recent complaints of speeding on Comfort Hill and Panton Road, and also:

On Nov. 17:

  • Called the Counseling Service of Addison County to help a Main Street resident who said God and tarot cards had told her there were listening devices planted in her TV set.
  • Euthanized a deer that had been struck by a vehicle on West Main Street.

On Nov. 18:

  • Were told a car parked on Green Street had been keyed, possibly by a family member of the complainant. Police are investigating.
  • Heard from Vergennes Union High School administrators that a pickup’s tailgate had been stolen and then recovered. Police asked that the owner of the vehicle contact them if he wished.
  • Went to 1 Alden Place to help Valley Vista personnel deal with a client experiencing a mental health crisis. Police described the client as cooperative.

On Nov. 19:

  • Took a report for insurance purposes of a car hitting a deer on Route 7.
  • Performed a background pre-employment check on behalf of the Harris County, Texas, sheriff’s department.
  • Heard from a person at 45 Armory Lane that a man standing in the complex’s driveway appeared to be cleaning a crack pipe; police found no one.
  • Dealt with a minor two-car accident on Main Street.
  • Took a report from a city resident related to a child custody dispute with his ex-wife.

On Nov. 20:

  • Ensured downtown businesses were secure after hours, an action taken because of a spree of break-ins at stores in southern Chittenden County.
  • Investigated a report that a gunshot had resulted a broken window at a First Street residence. Police determined that was impossible because only an internal pane was damaged.

On Nov. 21:

  • Helped a man retrieve belongings from a Main Street apartment.
  • Verified that repairs had been made to a vehicle after a New York resident who received a ticket for defective equipment explained the issue had been cleared up.
  • Tried to stop a car reported for erratic operation on West Main Street, but were unable to do so because of heavy traffic.
  • Responded to a woman’s complaint of people gathering outside an East Street home and determined it was a false report.
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