Vergennes Police Log: Police deal with apparent kitten fraud

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sunday, April 28, took a report of fraud involving the supposed sale of two kittens via Facebook to a city resident. 

Police said the resident paid $150 for the two kittens through a contact made through the social media site, in part to cover vet bills and food for the animals. But the resident balked at paying another $150 before the kittens were to be delivered, and then was blocked on Facebook by the contact who was allegedly going to provide the animals.

In other action between April 22 and 28, Vergennes police processed three pre-employment fingerprint requests and conducted six traffic stops, one property watch, and six patrols, five by cruiser and one on foot; and also:

On April 22:

• Heard that an unattended baby had been left in a car with its windows rolled down in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot. The car was gone when police arrived, but they used a license plate number to track the owner and called to advise the parent their actions were not safe.

• Took a phone report that a child’s certified birth certificate mailed to another country had never arrived there. 

• Took a report for insurance purposes of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Vergennes Union High School parking lot.

On April 23 took a complaint from a Green Street tenant that another tenant was slamming a door regularly. The tenant said he had contacted the landlord, and police said to call the landlord again if necessary.

On April 25:

• Helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad with a medical emergency at a Hillside Drive apartment.

• Cited Matthew Husk, 42, reported to be a Vergennes resident, for violations of conditions of release following a dispute with a relative at a Hillside Drive apartment.

On April 26 took a report for insurance purposes of either a minor accident or incident of vandalism in the Collins Aerospace parking lot.

On April 27:

• Following a complaint, spoke to an elderly man they said has “boundary issues” about staying away from the complainant’s children.

• On what was Drug Take Back Day accepted two boxes full of unused prescription drugs from about two dozen citizens.

• Dealt twice with a young woman who was entering the Valley Vista rehabilitation program and experienced what police called a mental health crisis. Police were first called to a Main Street eatery when the woman allegedly attacked a companion who was bringing her to the facility. Police calmed the situation and showed the two the way to the Alden Place building. Her companion soon called again, saying the woman was out of control. Charlotte Rescue took her to Porter Hospital for counseling.

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