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Bristol Police Log: Authorities seek info on Main Street armed robbery

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Posted on July 3, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — In the early morning hours of Monday, June 24, Bristol police received a report of an armed robbery. The complainant reported that a Main Street resident was approached from behind by a white male, approximately 5 foot, 6 inches tall, wearing dark clothing including a hooded sweatshirt.

The resident told police the subject stuck something in her back and demanded her wallet.

Police reported later Monday morning that they had identified two possible suspects.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Bristol police at 453-2533. Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs asked members of the public to call in any suspicious behavior noted in the area.

In a separate incident, Bristol police on June 3 responded to a Rockydale Road apartment to help Vermont State Police after a man who had been issued an abuse prevention order refused to turn over his infant child to the custody of the child’s mother. The subject then locked himself and the infant in the home, and Bristol and state police surrounded the residence and monitored the welfare of the child.

The subject eventually surrendered the child upon return of the investigating trooper with a search warrant. The child was safely transferred to the mother’s custody and the defendant, Michael Malone, 33, of Bristol was cited by VSP for violation of the abuse prevention order.

In other recent activity, Bristol police:

• On May 24 cited Ian Christopher Neff, 20, of Easton, Conn., for possession of approximately 1.9365 ounces of marijuana stemming from a motor vehicle stop for defective equipment.

•  On May 24 initiated an investigation at the request of the Department of Motor Vehicles stemming from a May 20 traffic stop in Addison where an inspection sticker was removed from a vehicle during a “Click It Or Ticket” campaign after the officer determined the sticker was applied to the wrong vehicle.

•  On May 25 initiated a drug investigation into the trafficking of illegal narcotics from out of state. This investigation is still open.

•  Participated in “Click It or Ticket” campaigns with other police agencies in Bridport on May 25 and in New Haven on May 26. A number of traffic citations and warnings were issued, and VSP issued a few more serious charges.

•  On May 27 conducted traffic control on West Street for the annual Memorial Day parade without incident.

•  On May 27 responded to a Maple Street resident who reported her bike had been stolen from in front of her house. The bike was located at a West Street business and returned to the complainant.

•  On May 27 cited Shawn Z. Pomainville, 42, of Starksboro for driving under the influence after he was stopped on East Street for a motor vehicle violation.

•  On May 28 transported a dog from the municipal offices, where it had been dropped off by a citizen who found it wandering, to its owner on Mountain Street Extension.

•  On May 28 responded to a two-vehicle car accident on West Pleasant Street. A crash report was started after it was learned the operator of a truck backed off a lawn and struck a parked car. Court action is being considered against the at-fault driver who failed to respond to numerous attempts to obtain vehicle and insurance information. The driver initially fled or left the scene and returned without the vehicle, only providing his personal information.

•  On May 28 responded to a reported two-vehicle crash. Damage was very minor; however, witnesses expressed concern of possible impairment by one of the drivers. The driver was checked and no evidence of impairment was found. The driver reported being very tired.

•  On May 28 responded to a citizen report of subjects with trespass notices loitering on grounds of the Bristol Recreation Field. Four juveniles were located. None had previously been issued notices.

•  On May 28 received information that a Bristol woman allegedly had stolen property in a storage unit on Burpee Road. Police contacted the resident at her home and obtained consent to check it. No stolen property was located.

•  On May 29 an officer attended a Highway Safety Forum and heard presentations from various state, federal and private highway safety groups.

•  On May 30 responded to the municipal office for an alarm activation and found that the alarm had accidentally been activated by a member of a committee who was arriving for a meeting.

•  On May 30 responded to an alarm activation at the Village Creeme Stand. The building was secure on arrival of the officer. The owner was contacted to come and verify the interior was secure.

•  On May 31 received a report from an East Street resident that an uncle had threatened to kill her son while walking on Main Street. Additional prior threats were reported. A referral to the Family Court was made for a stalking order and investigation into the matter was ended when the alleged victim failed repeatedly to return calls to the investigating officer.

•  On May 31 while participating in a “Click It or Ticket” campaign in New Haven, a stop was conducted in the area of Route 7 and Route 17 for a violation of plates not assigned to the vehicle. During the course of the stop it was discovered the vehicle was not insured, was not registered, and was bearing an inspection sticker that had been assigned to a different vehicle. The officer issued tickets to the female operator and the vehicle was towed.

•  On May 31 assisted a West Street resident after she reported the upstairs light on in her barn. The officer checked the barn and turned off the light.

•  During security and traffic patrol duties at the Pocock Rocks street fair on Main Street on June 1, dealt with three complaints of animals left in vehicles and took custody of a lost credit/debit card and later turned it in to the Merchants Bank.

•  On June 1 assisted a North Street resident who reported her husband, whom she had asked to leave the night before, had entered the residence without permission. Bristol police provided her with information about obtaining a relief from abuse order and explained the process to her.

•  On June 1 received a wallet that a Winooski resident turned in, which she had found on the road at the entrance to Mount Abraham Union High School. The wallet’s owner was contacted and the wallet was returned.

•  On June 1 received a report from a Mountain Street resident that she had located what she believed to be marijuana growing at the edge of a tree line in her back yard. The officer found three small marijuana plants, only a few inches tall, inside plastic containers in a milk crate, and destroyed them.

•  On June 1 received a complaint of a dog left in a parked vehicle on West Street near St. Ambrose. The vehicle was located with the windows approximately halfway down. The dog did not appear to be in any distress; however, there was no water for the dog. The owner was contacted and informed leaving animals in vehicles could constitute animal cruelty. While dealing with the above incident the responding officer noticed another dog left in a second car parked in front of Howden Hall. That owner was notified of the same.

•  On June 1 received a report from a Starksboro resident who had witnessed a vehicle on School Street back into another parked car then leave. The witness provided the police with a vehicle description and plate number. The owner of the vehicle has been identified; investigation is ongoing.

•  On June 1 assisted a Ferrisburgh resident who had locked her keys in her car in the Rite Aid parking lot.

•  On June 1 checked a report of equipment noise on South Street believed to be the mill. Police found farm equipment working in the area.

•  On June 1 checked a report that several youths had parked a car on the skateboard park and were skating. They were advised to remove the vehicle from the skate park and asked to leave for the night.

•  On June 2 received a loose dog without a collar or identification that was turned in and lodged at the pound until an owner was identified. The dog was returned to its owner without incident.

•  On June 2 while returning from Shoreham on a case follow-up, assisted a New York motorist who had vehicle trouble on Route 22A. Police contacted a tow truck to remove the vehicle from the roadway and gave the operator a ride to Vergennes.

•  On June 3 received a report from Champlain Farms that a pre-teen male had been caught shoplifting. The child was taken into custody when a parent declined to respond. The juvenile was taken to school and the parent was later contacted at home. A juvenile citation was issued for retail theft and a trespass notice issued for the store.

•  On June 3 responded to MAUHS where parent reported his son was stabbed by another student. Investigation revealed the student bumped or poked the other student in the back of the head with a pair of scissors. No injury resulted. Police determined that no court action was warranted.

•  On June 3 received a request from the American Flagging Co. to assist in retrieving company property from a former employee on South Street. The property was recovered and returned without incident.

•  On June 3 received information regarding threats to a resident in another jurisdiction, and passed the information on to the agency in that jurisdiction.

•  On June 3 received a report of suspicious activity in the park that was believed to be potential drug dealing. The subject was gone when police arrived.

•  On June 3 responded to a reported assault. The victim and two witnesses reported that a male suspect approached a resident on Main Street and assaulted him after confronting the man. The accused claimed he struck the man when he thought he was about to be attacked. Follow-up is being conducted and a review of the case for possible charges will be submitted to the state’s attorney.

•  On June 4 received a report that a five-old-year child had fled his home after some violence at the house. He was last seen riding his bike near the elementary school. While checking the area for the child a relative told police the child was found at the skate park and was back home.

•  On June 4 received a report of a woman “hollering” on the property of a West Pleasant Street man. The caller believed the man was not home and a relief from abuse order might be in effect. The woman was no longer on the property when police arrived but the homeowner was. No action was taken but follow-up will be conducted and consultation with the Addison County state’s attorney regarding ongoing harassment of the resident by the woman.

•  On June 4 a district resident called reporting a male was taking photos of kids at the skate park and of her underage daughter without permission. The subject was identified and he said he was taking photos of what he believed to be illegal activity. Permission was obtained to view his photos. The only photo was of a male from a distance from the side. The subject was instructed to avoid taking photos of people unless suspected criminal activity was actually occurring and to then call the police.

•  On June 4 investigated a two-vehicle crash in the parking lot of a West Street business. Information was exchanged. No court action was taken.

•  On June 5 checked for a suspicious male subject in the area of Mountain and Garfield streets, who a caller said was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and brown pants. The caller said the male was pacing back and forth along Mountain Street, ducked into the bushes, came out with a bag, then headed down Garfield. The subject was not located.

•  On June 6 checked the welfare of a Kountry Trailer Park resident at the request of an anonymous concerned citizen. The subject was OK.

•  On June 7 initiated an investigation into reports of drug-related traffic.

•  On June 7 responded to Shaw’s Supermarket where a male suspect had fled the store with two 30 packs of beer. The male had entered the store with two females and a reported service dog. All three subjects reportedly left in a red Subaru that reportedly had a rear driver side window covered in plastic and bearing Vermont registration FTD165. The registration was found not to match the vehicle. The driver had been carded for cigarettes, was found to be over 18 but under 21, with an ID showing an Underhill residence and had bleached blonde hair tied or braided in the back. The vehicle was last seen leaving the area eastbound out of the village. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Bristol police at 453-2533.

•  On June 8 contracted an officer for security, traffic and crowd control at the Mount Abraham Union High School graduation. No problems were encountered.

•  On June 8 received a complaint in reference to a skateboard that had been stolen several days earlier. The skateboard was located and returned without incident.

•  On June 8 responded to a Main Street home after the resident noticed that mail had been stolen and confirmed with the U.S. Postal Service that delivery had taken place. This investigation will be forwarded to the Postal Service Law Enforcement Division.

•  On June 9 assisted VSP in Starksboro with an assault investigation involving a loaded firearm.

•  On June 9 responded to the area of Prince Lane after receiving a report of a juvenile who appeared disoriented. After locating the juvenile he was provided transportation to his residence and reunited with his mother.

•  On June 10 completed a VIN verification check.

•  On June 10 responded to a woman who reported her nephew’s bike had been stolen while parked at Bristol Elementary School. No description of the bike was given. No suspects were identified.

•  On June 11 responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a South Street apartment. The parties involved were not present on arrival. A roommate of the pair advised the parties often have loud arguments but no physical violence. No further action was taken.

•  On June 11 responded to a two-vehicle crash near Cubbers Restaurant on Main Street. A vehicle operated by a Bristol man, traveling west, was struck by a vehicle (driven by a Bristol woman) leaving the parking lot next to Cubber’s Restaurant. The woman failed to notice the westbound vehicle. Her vehicle had to be towed from the scene. No court action was taken.

• On June 11 dispatched to the area of North Street to investigate a report received by cell to 911 by a subject who would not fully identify himself involving the theft of an automobile. Police contacted the subject, who was intoxicated, at a North Street residence and were advised he was unable to retrieve the keys for the vehicle from a family member. No police action was taken.

•  On June 12 checked a report of possible vandalism of street signs on Hewitt Road and South Street. A citizen reported two subjects with what appeared to be a spray can. Police found possible suspects, one carrying a travel mug. No damage was found in the area.

•  On June 14 cited Thomas Coleman, 18, of Bristol for sale of marijuana.

•  On June 16 cited two male Bristol minors in related incidents. One was arrested for unlawful trespass; the other for dispensing regulated drugs on school grounds, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of minors.

•  On June 19 issued a trespass citation to a juvenile who was unwanted at The Hub teen center, violating multiple orders to remain off the grounds.

•  On June 22 cited Marley Heath, 25, of New Haven for theft and false token. Heath allegedly had been identified by video footage as a suspect in ATM fraud at the National Bank of Middlebury in Bristol on May 17. On June 20, the Bristol Discount Beverage store reported a theft and Heath was once again identified as the suspect. When Heath was contacted by police in the parking lot of a Bristol business on June 22, she was found in the presence of a male who is a co-defendant in a criminal proceeding and allegedly in violation of conditions of release.

•  On June 23 Bristol police cited David Michael Ciulla, 25, of Bristol for providing false information to law enforcement and violating the conditions of his release. Ciulla had been identified on June 22, when police were contacting Heath.

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