Crime

ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — Police are investigating armed robberies in Shoreham and Brandon this past weekend in which stores captured images of the assailant wearing the same sweatshirt at both crime scenes. The first robbery took place Saturday morning, Aug. 21, at the Shoreham Service Center (Maplefields) at the corner of Routes 22A and 74 in Shoreham. State police report that a man spent several minutes shopping in the store at around 5:45 a.m. He went to the counter to purchase a bottled beverage, coffee, and other items and he requested cigarettes from the clerk. Then he displayed a...
BRISTOL — Bristol police are investigating multiple reports of parked vehicles being vandalized in the village. Police received the first report on Aug. 6., regarding vehicles on Park Place and School Street, then discovered other vehicles that had been affected on Park Place and Church Street. Police were told on Aug. 10 that multiple vehicles had been vandalized on South Street. A day later it was reported that multiple vehicles had been vandalized on School Street. Another incident, reported to have happened on Aug. 6, was received by police on Aug. 13. Police are still investigating these...

Surveillance video image of armed robber in Shoreham on Saturday.
SHOREHAM / BRANDON — Police are investigating armed robberies in Shoreham and Brandon this past weekend, where stores captured images of the assailant wearing the same sweatshirt at both crime scenes. The first robbery took place Saturday morning, Aug. 21, at the Shoreham Service Center (Maplefields) at the corner of Routes 22A and 74 East in Shoreham. State police report that a man spent several minutes shopping in the store at around 5:45 a.m. He went to the counter to purchase a bottled beverage, coffee, and other items and he requested cigarettes from the clerk. Then he displayed a knife...
VERGENNES — Another three dozen cars parked in downtown Vergennes were keyed by a vandal last week, mostly on Aug. 11, and Police Chief George Merkel said Burlington police late last week arrested a suspect in that vandalism spree for similar offenses in Burlington. Merkel said the man was cited in Burlington and released with conditions. He added the man had been seen near cars in Vergennes that had been damaged, and city police consider him a suspect in vandalism in their jurisdiction. The man might also have damaged cars in Middlebury and Bristol, with the total reaching 100 or more,...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Ben Webb, 37, of Middlebury for two counts of domestic assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, unlawful mischief, and three counts of violation of conditions for his release, following an alleged incident off Schoolhouse Hill Road on Aug. 10. Police said Webb was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center on $1,500 bail. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Assisted Vermont State Police with a drunken man who had been trying to fight with people at Kampersville in Salisbury on Aug. 9. •  Investigated a report of a vehicle vandalized...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police dealt with a variety of interactions with the public this past week, and cited people in assault and drunken driving incidents and investigated an untimely death. Between Aug. 10 and 16, troopers: •  On Aug. 10 at around 7:40 p.m. responded to a report of an assault at a home in the Jenna lane neighborhood of Leicester. Police reported that Douglas Bent, 56, of Middlebury assaulted a Leicester resident. The officer cited Bent for simple assault. •  On Aug. 10 shortly before 3:30 p.m. logged a complaint of a vehicle off the road on Botsford Road in...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police began investigating a report of cars being keyed or scratched with a similar item while parked on Merchants Row and Main Street on Aug. 6. Police determined at least 24 vehicles had been vandalized in this fashion. The case remains under investigation. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Received a report that someone had deposited an empty deposit envelope at the National Bank of Middlebury ATM branch on Seymour Street and then withdrew cash on Aug. 2. Police said the case remains under investigation. •  Were informed of the theft of a truck that...
ADDISON COUNTY — A road rage incident that began in Addison County last Saturday evening ended with Vermont State Police taking a Colchester man into custody in Rutland County. On Aug. 7 at around 7 p.m. troopers were notified of a road rage incident that began on Route 22A in Addison County and continued into Benson. Police allege that Matthew Haunte, 26, attempted to run other vehicles off the roadway and used his vehicle to deliberately strike another vehicle, almost causing that vehicle to crash into oncoming traffic. Ultimately, police stopped Haunte while driving in Fair Haven. Police...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police have stepped up patrols in the downtown area after a vandalism spree last week resulted in 14 cars and two flower boxes damaged. Police said between Aug. 4 and 8 flowers were ripped out of two boxes attached to Main Street businesses, and keys or other similar metal objects were used to scratch cars parked on or near Main, Green, School and Spring streets. Police said they have no suspects at this time. They would welcome calls with information at 877-2201. In other action between July 19 and Aug. 8, Vergennes police: On July 19: •  Stopped two tractor-trailer...
BRISTOL — On July 24, Bristol Police cited Claudette Vaughan, 51, of Bristol, for violating conditions of release following an incident the previous day on West Street. Police alleged Vaughan had contact with two individuals she wasn’t supposed to have contact with. Between July 19 and Aug. 1, Bristol Police completed 17 foot patrols, conducted six car patrols, and checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 14 times, at Bristol Elementary School 13 times, and at local businesses 13 times. Police also completed at least six fingerprint requests, conducted one welfare check without...

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