Vergennes Police Log: Juvenile cited for online purchases

VERGENNES — Vergennes police last week cited a 12-year-old girl into court for two separate incidents earlier last months in which the juvenile allegedly made a total of $2,100 in unauthorized online purchases.

Police allege the juvenile on March 4 used a cellphone taken from another student at Vergennes Union High School to order $1,500 of items through

On March 9, Vergennes police allege, the juvenile used a family member’s credit card without permission to purchase $600 of goods online.

Between March 21 and 27, Vergennes police also conducted three patrols, one by car and two on foot; responded to two 911 hang-up calls and two false alarms; and:

On March 21, issued a no-trespass order to a woman suspected of stealing prepackaged alcoholic cocktails several times from the Community Market on North Main Street.

On March 22:

  • Referred to U.S. Treasury agents and Vermont State Police a report that a patron of the Park Squeeze restaurant had passed a counterfeit $100 bill.
  • Spoke to the owner of two dogs at a New Haven Road home following multiple complaints they had acted aggressively toward neighbors’ pets and dogs being walked on the sidewalk. Police said the owner pledged to resolve the issue, and there have been no problems since.

On March 23:

  • Met with several local agencies in an effort to coordinate care for a resident experiencing health challenges.
  • Removed a snake from a Bombard Place residence that had entered the home and curled up under a couch there.

On March 24:

  • Spoke to a woman who was concerned her tween daughter was interacting in an inappropriate manner online with unknown parties. Police recommended limiting and blocking access to social media sites.
  • Responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Community Bank parking lot on Monkton Road. Police said they learned it belonged to a private investigator, who agreed to park elsewhere.
  • Found the basement door of a Main Street business open and made sure the place was secure.
  • Looked into a report from a Walker Avenue resident that a registration sticker had been stolen from a vehicle and placed on another vehicle.
  • Following a complaint, asked a Main Street apartment resident to turn down loud music; police said she complied.

On March 26, issued a no-trespass order to the intoxicated mother of a Main Street apartment resident, who said her parent was no longer welcome in her home. Police took the woman to the Act 1 detoxification center in Burlington.

On March 27, mediated a dispute between a Hopkins Road resident and an ex-boyfriend. Police were initially called because he was allegedly knocking on her door and was not wanted, but they and state police found no one. They called him, and he said he just wanted to retrieve belongings. Police then arranged for him to pick the items up at the station.

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