Middlebury Police Log: Police cite alleged burglar

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Jacob Burmania, 28, of Middlebury for burglary, possession of burglar’s tools and unlawful mischief, after investigating an attempted burglary at the Taste of India Restaurant off Bakery Lane on March 22.

This was one of a handful of attempted or successful burglary attempts in the downtown area this past week, according to police.

For instance, police investigated a burglary at the Giving Fridge on Merchants Row on March 20. Authorities said the culprit(s) forced open the front door to get inside and steal an unspecified amount of money from a cash box. The Giving Fridge is a nonprofit that provides nutritious meals to people in need.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

• Investigated a report of an unwanted person at a Court Street home on March 20.

• Were informed of a retail theft from Hannaford supermarket on March 20.

• Contacted the owners of illegally dumped trash at Wright Park to pick up their rubbish on March 21. Police said the culprits left identifying information in their trash.

• Responded to a report of someone burning trash off Airport Road on March 22.

• Responded to a report of a man banging on the glass of a downtown business on March 22.

• Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS on a medical call to a Valley View address on March 22.

• Returned, to its owner, a stolen bike that had been found on March 22.

• Helped a Seminary Street Extension resident get rid of an unwanted guest on March 22.

• Helped a local drunken man get home safely on March 23.

• Attempted to stop a truck for speeding on Schoolhouse Hill Road on March 23. The truck fled from the officer, the officer found it but it fled again. Police later tracked down the driver through the investigation.

• Were informed of the theft of a cell phone on the Middlebury College campus. 

• Responded to a 7:22 p.m. report on March 23 that an intoxicated man had fallen from his bike on Halladay Road and sustained an apparent nonlife-threating injury. Bristol Rescue took the man to Porter Hospital.

• Received an allegation on March 23 about possible child abuse at a Jackson Lane home.

• Helped the Department for Children & Families check on the welfare of a child at an Airport Road home on March 23.

• Assisted state police troopers in investigating an attempted burglary off Route 116 in Bristol on March 24.

• Separated parties involved in a property dispute on Court Street on March 24.

• Referred, to local mental health officials, a man who had allegedly tried to punch a jogger near the intersection of Seymour Street and Pulp Mill Bridge Road on March 24. Police said the man had been experiencing a mental health crisis.

• Helped resolve a dispute between two local people over the use of a car on March 24.

• Investigated a local man’s reported violation of a temporary restraining order in the Court Street area on March 24.

• On March 24, helped mediate a dispute between two people over the ownership of a dog.

• Received a report about a person making a Shaw’s Supermarket employee uncomfortable while inside the store on March 25. Police said the person left the store while the complaint was being made.

• Responded to a report of juveniles throwing glass bottlers onto East Main Street on March 25.

• Patrolled the downtown area on March 25 in response to recent reports of attempted break-ins at a local business.

• Officers responded to a March 25 report of a man who had intentionally turned the power off at a Bakery Lane business and then fled the scene after damaging two doors. A Vermont State Police K9 unit helped track the suspect to his South Pleasant Street address. Police said the man will be cited for unlawful mischief and unlawful trespass.

• Received a report of a loose dog on North Pleasant Street on March 26.

• Investigated the reported theft of a Pride flag from the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society on Duane Court.

• Assisted Porter Hospital Emergency Department staff with a patient who had been threatening them on March 26. Police said the patient had calmed down when they arrived and was being treated for a medical issue.

• Responded to a report of a man allegedly using narcotics in the parking lot of a Court Street business on March 27. Police took the man to Porter Hospital to receive treatment for substance use disorder.

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