Vergennes Police Log: Police help defrauded citizen
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on July 24 referred to a bank’s fraud department an email scam in which a Hillside Drive apartment resident lost $2,000.
Police said the resident agreed to display a company sign on a vehicle for $2,600 and received a check in that amount. But the resident also agreed to send $2,000 to the people with whom he expected to do business. Police said the $2,600 check proved not to be valid, and the resident was out the money that was sent away.
As always, police advised residents to be wary of sending cash to anyone who contacts them via the internet or phone.
In other action between July 22 and Aug. 4 police issued 13 tickets during traffic patrols, and also:
On July 22 dealt with dueling noises in a Main Street apartment building; one neighbor had turned music up because another neighbor was being loud. Police said both were agreeable to be quieter.
On July 24:
• Ticketed the driver of a tractor-trailer truck for speeding and also issued him a $389 ticket for the truck being 8,200 pounds over the legal weight limit.
• Handed a subpoena to a First Street resident on behalf of the state’s attorney’s office.
• Checked the welfare of a Hillside Drive resident, who they found to be fine.
• Checked a pre-employment background check on behalf of New York State Police.
• Called a tow truck to help a motorist whose vehicle had a flat tire on Route 22A in Panton.
On July 25:
• Dealt with a minor two-car accident near the Small City Market on Main Street.
• Took a complaint from Collins Aerospace that a former employee had not returned a company computer and cellphone.
On July 26:
• Helped a motorist get into a locked car in the Collins parking lot.
• Searched unsuccessfully for a loose dog that reportedly attacked a leashed dog on Main Street.
• Looked into a complaint that sugar had been poured into the gas tank of a lawnmower at a Meadow Lane home.
• Stopped a tractor-trailer on Route 22A south of the city following a citizen alert of erratic driving, but found no problem.
• Failed to find a vehicle that was reportedly driving erratically on Panton Road near First Street.
On July 27:
• Locked the door of a downtown business after finding it open after hours.
• Helped Vermont State Police by responding to an accident on Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburgh.
• Aided the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a Meadow Lane call.
On July 28:
• Helped to calm an upset Valley Vista patient, who then agreed to accept a ride to the Counseling Service of Addison County.
• Stopped a vehicle being operated erratically on Main Street and learned the driver was not feeling well; police drove him home.
On July 29:
• Helped a motorist get into a locked car in the Champlain Farms parking lot.
• Were told $34 had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle on First Street.
• Issued a no-trespass order to a Hillside Drive resident on behalf of Middlebury police.
On July 30:
• Locked the door of a New Haven Road business after finding it open after hours.
• Stood by while a former Main Street apartment tenant retrieved belongings.
• Dealt with a minor parking dispute on School Street.
On July 31:
• Handled a minor two-car accident on South Water Street.
• Told a separated couple sparring over the phone to work out the issue of allowing one to retrieve belongings.
• Helped VARS on a North Maple Street call.
• Looked unsuccessfully for a suspicious man reported on School Street.
• Helped calm an upset care home resident.
• Stopped a tractor-trailer unit on Main Street and issued a $217 ticket to the driver for going 51 mph in a 30 mph zone and for driving with a suspended license; police grounded the truck.
On Aug. 1:
• Took a report that $620 was taken from a vehicle on South Maple Street; police said they are working on the recent car break-ins.
• Handled a minor two-car accident in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.
On Aug. 2 issued a no-trespass order to a couple whose behavior had concerned city pool employees.
On Aug. 3:
• Looked for but could not find an elderly man reported to be walking in the middle of South Maple Street.
• Informed a Hopkins Road resident of a death in the family.
• Were told of illegal dumping at the Subway Restaurant in the Shaw’s/Aubuchon plaza.
• Backed up Bristol police after a report of shots being fired.
On Aug. 4:
• Checked out a report of a woman lying next to Satterly Road in Ferrisburgh; police found her inebriated and relieving herself in a field nearby and gave her a ride home to New Haven.
• Picked up a loose dog on Main Street and took it to its owner.