BRISTOL — Bristol police recently dealt with what appears to be a one-man crime spree in Bristol village recently. On April 23 they investigated five reported vehicle burglaries that occurred in the areas of Pleasant Street, Elm Street and Taylor Avenue.
Police arrested Kraton Chaloux, 22, of Bristol and cited him for four counts of petit larceny and one count of possession of stolen property following an investigation. Some reported property from several of the vehicles was recovered, along with some property not yet reported. Chaloux was lodged at Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of bail.
Separately on April 23 police received a report from a Taylor Avenue resident that a wallet, an open pack of cigarettes and a lighter were taken from his vehicle. Following the execution of a search warrant on April 24 property from this theft was recovered. Additional petit larceny charges will be filed against Chaloux for this theft, Bristol police said.
That same day, while investigating theft from area vehicles, police received a report from a Pleasant Street resident that 10 music CDs, a Garmin GPS unit, an iPhone cord and a hunting knife in a sheath had been stolen from her vehicle. Chaloux was charged in this case when property he turned over during his interview and confession in previous cases included property from this complainant.
Finally, on April 23 a report came from a different Taylor Avenue resident that two DVDs and a cell phone charger were stolen. This resident also said his neighbor’s vehicle was entered but nothing was taken. The neighbor later discovered items had been taken from his vehicle and property recovered from Chaloux was found to belong to that neighbor. Police said additional charges will be filed against Chaloux for this theft.
While searching Chaloux’s residence on April 24, police said they seized evidence connecting him to additional thefts and heroin possession. Additional court action is pending.
Among the additional items found was a stolen GPS unit that had not been reported stolen. Police identified the owner from data on the GPS, and returned it to the owner. An additional charge of petit larceny will be filed against Chaloux for this theft, police said.
In other recent activity Bristol police:
• On April 19 received a report of a person stuck in the elevator at Mount Abraham Union High School. Police assisted with freeing the person from the elevator.
• On April 19 received a report of a gas drive-off from Maplefields. The cashier obtained the vehicle registration and a suspect has been identified.
• On April 19 arrested Herbert E. Rainey, 59, of Bristol and cited him for driving under the influence. Rainey refused to submit to an evidentiary breath test at the Bristol police station. He was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center until sober. At the correctional center Rainey’s blood alcohol content tested at 0.146 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.
• On April 21 passed on to Vermont State Police information on a case being investigated in the Bristol area.
• On April 21 assisted the VSP by locating a Bristol resident as part of an accident investigation in the Rutland area.
• On April 21 conducted a town-contracted patrol watching for stop sign violations at Lincoln Road and Briggs Hill. Police issued one stop sign violation.
• On April 22 received a black Android cell phone with grey-black case found in the roadway on Route 116 South. The owner has not yet been identified as the phone is locked.
• On April 22 responded to the North Street area for a reported suspicious incident — three juveniles were observed throwing rocks at and attempting to break into a residence. Upon investigation police found no damage to the house. The juveniles were identified and warned.
• On April 22 assisted Middlebury police with an armed man reportedly involved in a domestic incident. The subject was located during a traffic stop and he was served the relief from abuse paperwork without incident.
• On April 22 cited a local juvenile for shoplifting at a West Street convenience store.
• On April 23 arrested Treg Alan Butler, 23, of Bristol for possession of marijuana after police conducted a traffic stop on North Street for speeding.
• On April 23 cited a Starksboro woman for driving with a suspended license on North Street.
• On April 24 received a report of a woman pulling and dragging a child across the park. When contacted the complainant advised the woman had stopped and the two were sitting on a park bench. Follow-up is being conducted and a report to Department of Children and Families will be made.
• On April 24 responded to alarm activation at Living Well Community Center on Maple Street. The door was found locked but not fully closed, likely causing an accidental activation.
• On April 25 responded to a Plank Road property where a neighbor was reportedly refusing to remove brush from the property. The owner was advised to suggest the neighbor remove the debris or face court action.
• On April 25 initiated an investigation into the sale of narcotics in the area with the Vergennes police.
• On April 27 initiated an investigation into the sale of narcotics within the police district.
• On April 27 responded to West Pleasant Street for a report of illegal burning. The homeowner, who was burning leaves, was unfamiliar with the requirement to obtain a burn permit and was directed to contact the local fire warden, which he did.
• On April 27 assisted VSP with locating a driver involved in a crash on Lincoln Gap Road.
• On April 27 participated in the DEA Drug Take Back program. Citizens dropped off expired and unused medications for disposal. Citizens who missed the drop-off can bring unused and expired medications to the Bristol Police Department.
• On April 27, responded to a West Street business for a reported incident involving potential drug use. Upon arrival it was determined that an unknown substance was left on a surface. The substance was believed to be left over from prior drug use.
• On April 27 responded to Carlstrom Road at the request of VSP dispatchers, to assist and check the welfare of VSP troopers that were on-scene at a reported altercation. Dispatchers could not contact the troopers. Bristol police went and found the scene and officers were secure.
• On April 27 assisted the VSP with a traffic stop on West Street involving a consent search. Drugs were seized from the vehicle, and VSP is following up.
• On April 28 conducted a town-contracted patrol on Notch Road. No violations were observed.
• On April 29 conducted a town-contracted patrol on Lincoln Road at Briggs Hill. No violations were observed.
• On April 28 responded to a Kountry Trailer Park residence for a citizen dispute. After speaking with the involved parties it was determined that no crime had occurred and an involved party to the dispute had left the residence without incident.
• On April 29 received a cell phone that a Williston woman had found in downtown Bristol. The owner was identified and the cell phone returned.
• On April 29, working with officers from the Vergennes Police Department, conducted a drug investigation involving two subjects from Pennsylvania and two subjects from Chittenden County at the Vermont Agency of Transportation Park and Ride lot on Route 22A in Ferrisburgh. These subjects were suspected to be selling heroin to residents of Bristol.
After a controlled drug buy (which was reported in last Thursday’s Addison Independent), members of the Bristol, Vergennes and Vermont State police departments stopped on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh the car from which the drug buy was made.
As a result of this joint investigation more than 300 bags of heroin and cash were seized. Todd Green, 23, of Philadelphia was charged with possession of heroin, sale of heroin and false information to police; and Teiontay Braxton, 33, of Burlington was charged with sale of heroin and possession of marijuana. Both subjects were lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $50,000 bail each.