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Vermont State Police Log: Police investigate Christmas tree thefts

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Posted on December 11, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of approximately 12 Christmas trees from Green Haven Nursery in New Haven.

The Route 7 business recently had 500 Christmas trees delivered and they reported that approximately 12 were stolen overnight between Dec. 4 and 5. The value of each tree is approximately $40.

The trooper recommended that the property owner use game cameras in an effort to obtain photographic evidence on those stealing the Christmas trees.

Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact VSP New Haven at 1-802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

Meanwhile, VSP at the New Haven barracks are investigating the reports of 10 motor vehicle break-ins — seven at homes on Mountain Road in Addison and three at residences on Snake Mountain Road in Weybridge. At some of the homes multiple vehicles were entered.

Police believe the break-ins occurred after midnight on Dec. 8 and before daylight.

All of the vehicles that were entered were unlocked. There was no damage done to any of the vehicles and most had nothing taken from them. A few vehicle owners report that loose change was stolen.

The state police remind people to lock their vehicles when they are away from them — even in driveways. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the VSP.

In other recent activity, troopers:

•  On Dec. 3 at 12:37 p.m. responded to a two-car crash at the junction of Route 116 and 17 in Bristol north of the village. Police reported that 29-year-old Savannah Norris of Bristol was driving a 1997 Subaru westbound on Route 17, stopped at the posted stop sign at the Route 116 intersection, then turned northbound on Route 116. Police said Norris’s car then crossed over the centerline and struck a 2002 Audi driven southbound on 116 by Taylor Cameron, 31, of Burlington. Both cars sustained minor damage, but no injuries were reported. Police issued Norris a ticket for the accident as well as a civil ticket for possession of marijuana.

•  On Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 7 and 22A in Ferrisburgh. State police reported that a 2002 International truck driven by Ronald Telgen, 52, of Middlebury rear ended a 2011 Ford Focus driven by Scottie Grullon, 18, of Vergennes after Grullon stopped at a yellow light. The trooper reported that the weather and road conditions were both clear. No injuries were reported and both vehicles sustained minor damage.

•  On Dec. 4 at 10:37 a.m. responded to a car-bus crash on Route 17 in Bristol. Police said Carl M. Reynolds, 52, of Shoreham was driving an Addison County Transit Resources bus with six passengers aboard slowing on Route 17 when Gabriel R.D. Laberge, 18, of Shoreham approached from behind driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima. Police report that Laberge became distracted and ran into the rear of the bus, causing minor damage to the bus and totaling her car. Three passengers inside the bus were transported to Porter Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries. Laberge was screened for injuries at the scene and released.

VSP were assisted at the scene by the Bristol Police Department, Bristol Fire Department, and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. The crash is still under investigation.

•  On Dec. 5 at 7:24 a.m. were called to investigate the theft of an unsecured 1999 Karavan Flat aluminum snowmobile trailer from a residence on Monkton Road in Monkton. The VIN number for the trailer is 5KTSC1210XF015336. The value of the trailer was estimated at $500. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact VSP.

•  On Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. charged Lynn Whitman, 62, of Ripton with simple assault for allegedly assaulting a woman at Porter Hospital.

•  On Dec. 6 at 11:25 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Tyler Barber, 22, of Bridport on Swamp Road in Cornwall. The trooper cited Barber for driving under the influence of alcohol.

•  On Dec. 7 received a report from Keith Corkins, 62, of Bristol that one of his vehicles — a Subaru Outback — had been stolen. Police report that it could possibly be in the Rutland/Middlebury area, or New York.

•  On Dec. 7 at approximately 5:54 p.m. responded to a report of a car vs. deer crash on Interstate 89 North near mile marker 97 in Colchester. The trooper said James Douglas, 62, of Middlebury said he had struck a deer and had pulled over due to damage to the vehicle’s front end. Douglas, the former governor, told state police that he and his wife were uninjured. A wrecker service was notified and the vehicle was removed from the Interstate without incident. The trooper was unable to locate the deer that was struck.

•  On Dec. 8 at six minutes past midnight arrested Benjamin Cook, 20, of Ripton for speeding on Route 7 in Salisbury. Police alleged that Cook was driving 94 mph in a 50 mph zone.

•  On Dec. 10 at 2:01 a.m. stopped for a traffic infraction a motor vehicle driven by Keith J. Karkoski, 23, of Moriah, N.Y., on Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh. The trooper cited Karkoski for driving under the influence.

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