Vergennes Police Log: Beware of vehicle theft

VERGENNES — Vergennes police are again advising owners to lock up their vehicles and remove valuables when leaving them on streets or in their driveways. That follows problems earlier this year with items being stolen from vehicles parked throughout the city.

This latest advisory comes after a man was seen trying to enter parked cars on Short Street on Nov. 26. Police said he was gone when they responded and nothing was taken, but they want residents to be aware that precautions are advisable.

Also between Nov. 22 and 28, Vergennes police conducted nine motorized patrols, responded to an unfounded 911 call and a false alarm, helped a motorist get into a locked vehicle, and:

On Nov. 22:

  • Checked in on a Walker Avenue resident who had not picked up a Meals-on-Wheels order left at her apartment over the weekend. Police learned she had not been feeling well, but was OK.
  • Twice went to New Haven Road to calm two parties involved in an ongoing dispute over property lines.

On Nov. 24:

  • Began investigating a First Street resident on allegations of violating conditions of release and domestic abuse.
  • Took a report from a Union Street resident that Amazon packages had twice been stolen off a porch; police advised the complainant to contact Amazon.
  • Heard from a Walker Avenue resident that her furnace was not working; police helped her get it running, but told her it needed more work and said to contact the property manager.

On Nov. 25, heard from an Addison resident that his car was missing from a church parking lot. Police said the individual was dealing with mental health issues, and they contacted his family, who picked up the car from the lot.

On Nov. 26:

  • Checked the welfare of a caller’s two stepsons on Hillside Drive, and determined they were OK.
  • Dealt with a minor two-car accident in the 1 Alden Place parking lot.
  • Stood by while a Champlain Farms employee was fired.
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