Vermont State Police Log: Suspicious van holds stolen dirt bike

ADDISON COUNTY — When someone called Vermont State Police last Friday at around 10:35 a.m. to report a suspicious vehicle on Route 125 east of the village, troopers checked it out. It was reported there was a white van that had appeared to be stealing a dirt bike from a home in the area. 

While troopers were responding, Middlebury police officers stopped a van after getting multiple 911 calls regarding the van’s erratic operation. 

VSP reported that Middlebury police found a dirt bike in the van, and that it had allegedly been stolen from the Ripton home that troopers at that time were checking out. 

State police said the two 20-year-old men in the van, identified as Rances Acevedo of Methuen, Mass., and Wander Hernandez, of Lawrence, Mass., provided false statements to law enforcement officers throughout the investigation and were found to be in possession of the dirt bike. Police took Acevedo and Hernandez into custody and cited them for grand larceny, possession of stolen property and giving false information to a police officer.

They are due to answer the charges in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Jan. 23.

In other recent activity, state police:

• On Nov. 17 at 4:29 p.m. closed one lane of Route 22A in Orwell due to a tractor-trailer crash. They didn’t open up the highway fully until around 2 a.m. the next morning.

• On Nov. 17 at 8:52 p.m. responded to a report of a verbal disturbance at a Leicester-Whiting Road home in Leicester. Police investigated and said they found that Christopher Bridgemon, 36, of Leicester had been yelling and slamming on the door of a residence occupied by Justin Lafave, 37, and Tina Santor, 47. During the verbal altercation Bridgemon allegedly threatened to cause harm to both Lafave and Santor. 

Police took Bridgemon into custody with no further incident and cited him for disorderly conduct and criminal threatening.

State police were assisted by Middlebury police.

• On Nov. 18 at 9:14 p.m. logged a report of a domestic disturbance on Walker Road in Ferrisburgh. Police alleged that Jose Antonio Hernandez Garcia, 32, of Ferrisburgh caused bodily injury to a domestic partner. Troopers took Garcia to the New Haven barracks and cited him for domestic assault.

• On Nov. 18 at around 10 minutes before midnight responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch off South Street in New Haven. While speaking with the driver, identified as Tammy Jackson, 43, of New Haven, troopers detected indicators of impairment. They cited Jackson for driving under the influence.

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