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Vermont State Police Log: Break-ins continue at trailheads

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Posted on October 10, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating several car break-ins at trailheads in Lincoln and Ripton that were reported Sunday evening.

Police were alerted to the first two break-ins between 5 and 5:30 p.m. at the Robert Frost Hiking Trail in Ripton.

The first vehicle was a tan Buick operated by 27-year-old Kristen Collins of Somerville, Mass., who also had two friends with her. The second, a white Ford Taurus, was driven by Vinod Nallasivam, 30, of Sunnyvale, Calif., and he had a friend with him. A thief had smashed the vehicles’ passenger-side windows with an unknown object and stolen property including three purses, a cell phone, cash, credit cards, various forms of identification, a passport, a camera bag and a Canon camera with three separate lenses.

At around 6 p.m. a Montpelier woman reported that she had gone hiking on the Battell Trail in Lincoln and returned to the parking lot to find a window broken and several items and an undisclosed amount of cash missing from her vehicle.

Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact the VSP at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

Separately, this past Saturday evening at 9:37 p.m. VSP received a complaint of a man walking up and down Route 7 in New Haven running out in front of vehicles. Troopers were able to locate the man, who was identified as 31-year-old Jesse Hill of Sanborn, N.Y. Police cited Hill for disorderly conduct.

That same evening at 9:58 p.m. troopers received a complaint of a man who was being disorderly and disruptive at a wedding at a Route 7 business in New Haven. While en route police were notified that the male in question was being restrained by members of the wedding party. Upon arrival the male was identified as Jesse Hill, 31, of Sanborn, N.Y. Police issued Hill with a second disorderly conduct citation.

Meanwhile, troopers are asking for assistance in locating a suspicious vehicle that could be linked to a theft that was reported in Bristol this past Sunday evening. Victims reported that they were home in the Upper Bristol Notch Road area around 5 p.m. that day when a small sedan drove up their driveway; two thin, white males described to be late 20s wearing baseball caps got out of the vehicle and took several items out of a garage.

The two males reportedly left quickly when they were confronted by one of the victims.

The vehicle is described by victims and some neighbors as what looks to be a home-painted matte grey sedan with a detached front driver’s side fender, possibly an older model Chevrolet Malibu with unknown Vermont plates. Neighbors told troopers that the suspect vehicle often drives north on Upper Notch Road between 6 and 7 a.m. and returns traveling south on Upper Notch Road to an unknown location each evening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

In other recent activity, troopers:

• On Sept. 30 at 8:56 a.m. fielded a report of a home burglary in Leicester, where someone broke into a locked camp/residence and stole various property valued at approximately $650. Anyone with information on this is asked to contact VSP.

•  On Sept. 30 at around 5:34 p.m. stopped a car driven by Todd J. Galiano, 31, of Wallingford on Route 7 for speeding. Police cited Galiano for driving under the influence.

•  Responded on Oct. 1 at 12:53 p.m. to a crash at the intersection of Route 7 and Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh. Police report that Clement C. Looby, 81, of South Burlington was attempting to pull the 2012 Dodge Caravan he was driving onto Route 7 as Paul W. Bodington, 51, of Ferrisburgh was turning his 2012 Mack dump truck from Route 7 onto Little Chicago Road when the two collided in the intersection. The trooper said he found that Looby’s Caravan had stopped past the white stop line and encroached upon the dump truck, so he issued Looby a written warning for failure to follow proper stopping rules at an intersection.

•  On Oct. 1 at approximately 4:20 p.m. responded to a crash in Whiting. VSP reports that BettyJeanne Stevens, 52, of Whiting was driving a 2011 Honda CRV on the Leicester-Whiting Road in Whiting and was about to turn onto Sawyer-Needham Road when her car allegedly was rear-ended by a 2012 Toyota Camry driven by Joan Treadway, 64, of Whiting. There was extensive damage to the front end of Treadway’s vehicle and minor damage to the rear end of Stevens’ vehicle.

•  On Oct. 1 at 8:13 p.m. responded to a one-car collision on Route 125 in Ripton. Police said the 17-year-old driver lost control of the 2001 Subaru Outback he was piloting while traveling around a sharp curve, and the vehicle subsequently rolled onto its side coming to the position of uncontrolled rest. The driver sustained minor injuries, the car was a total loss.

•  On Oct. 2 at 10 minutes past midnight stopped for defective equipment a motor vehicle driven by Shea Denny, 25, of Charlotte on Monkton Ridge in Monkton and ended up citing Denny for driving under the influence of alcohol.

•  On Oct. 3 at approximately 8:37 a.m. responded to a crash at the intersection of New Haven Road and Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Police said their investigation showed that Zoe Sawyer, 47, of Vergennes was driving a 2003 Honda Odyssey when she pulled onto Route 7 from New Haven Road in front of a 2013 Chevy Silverado driven by Neil Crossman, 66, of Rutland, who was northbound on Route 7. Crossman, who was towing a fifth-wheel camper, was unable to avoid the Honda and struck the passenger side of Sawyer’s vehicle. There were no injuries, and both vehicles sustained damage. Police issued Sawyer a ticket for failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

•  On Oct. 3 at 4:18 p.m. responded to a two-car crash at the intersection of Town Hill Road and Route 7 in New Haven. Police reported that Loretta Lawrence, 62, of Ferrisburgh was driving northbound on Route 7 when RoseMary Payne, 66, of Bridport drove a 2000 Toyota Camry off of Town Hill Road and onto Route 7. The front end of Lawrence’s 2010 Dodge Journey struck the driver’s side of Payne’s Camry, causing extensive damage to both vehicles. Lawrence’s Dodge Journey suffered extensive damage to the front end, while Payne’s Camry sustained damage to the driver’s side.

The force of the accident pushed Payne’s vehicle off the road; it came to rest in a ditch on the west side of the road. Lawrence and Payne were transported to Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, where they were treated and released, a hospital official said.

•  On Oct. 4 got a report that sometime in the last two weeks, a storage unit rented on Burpee Road in Bristol was broken into and several items were stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.

•  On Oct. 5 at 8:55 a.m. fielded a report that someone had pried a money lock box off an apple stand on North Main Street in Whiting and subsequently stolen the lock box and the approximately $30 in cash inside it. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact VSP.

•  On Oct. 6 at 6:45 a.m. responded to a one-car crash on Plank Road in Bristol. Police said Dustin A. Wright, 24, of New Haven was driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero westbound on the road when he entered a sharp left curve and lost control of the vehicle. The Alero traveled off the north side of the road and hit two town of New Haven road signs and a culvert. When Trooper Leise arrived no one was at the scene. Through investigation troopers identified Wright as the driver. Wright was interviewed and subsequently cited for leaving the scene of an accident. Wright was also issued a traffic ticket for speeding, which carries with it a $220 fine and 4 points on his license if convicted.

•  On Oct. 6 at approximately 11:07 a.m. saw Ryan P. Carpentier, 35, of Vergennes allegedly perform an illegal U-turn near Exit 8 on Interstate 89. Police stopped the car Carpentier was driving and cited him for driving with a criminally suspended license.

•  On Oct. 7 responded to a report of thefts from a farm stand on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. The thefts reportedly occurred between the 5 and 10 p.m. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the VSP.

•  On Oct. 7 at 11 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Robert Holbrook, 58, of Middle Granville, N.Y., on Route 22A in Panton for allegedly traveling 30 mph or more over the posted speed limit of 50. The trooper cited Holbrook for speeding.

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