Gail Callahan, Correspondent
The Vermont State Police commander of the Williston barracks said Charlotte has a very low call volume in comparison to the other nearby towns.
Lt. Garry Scott said troopers assigned to the Williston Barracks also cover Eden, Elmore, Belvidere, Waterville, Cambridge, Jericho, Westford, Underhill, Bolton, Huntington, St. George and Buels Gore.
Scott said the state police have received 290 total calls to date for service. Last year law enforcement received 538 calls. Scott said five arrests have been made stemming from crimes in Charlotte—four driving while intoxicated and one theft/burglary.
On August 31, troopers investigated a report of a larceny from an unlocked park car at a Mt. Philo Road residence. A purse, wallet, credit cards, driver’s license and cash were among the items stolen from the car parked in the person’s driveway. Later the same morning, police officials reported that a 2008 Subaru Legacy had been stolen from a residence overnight, directly across the street from the first complaint. Troopers obtained information where the stolen credit cards were used. Troopers subsequently obtained video footage of a person of interest.
Also, on July 31 the Vermont State Police received a report of a burglary from a vessel moored near Lane’s Lane. Jason Breault was identified as the person who entered the craft, removing items from the boat. Troopers later recovered property, identified as stolen, from Breault’s vehicle. Breault was arraigned in Chittenden County Superior Court, Criminal Division at an unrelated arraignment hearing on Aug. 31 on the charge of burglary and possession of stolen property. His next court date is slated for Oct. 23 in Criminal Court.
Troopers also investigated a report of vandalism and burglary at the Charlotte Beach that occurred somewhere between 10 p.m. Sept. 3 and 10 a.m. Sept. 4. Property at the beach sustained damage, and $50 in cash was taken, according to a press release issued by troopers. Law enforcement officials haven’t released any other information regarding the matter. The beach house holds an office for staff, the public restrooms and changing space for patrons.
The Vermont State Police have been the primary law enforcement agency for the town for over 40 years, Scott said. The town isn’t charged for police services, and the State Police are required to provide services to any town that does not have a local police department. Charlotte has an additional traffic enforcement contract with the State Police that provides eight and a half hours per week of traffic enforcement, costing the town $29,711.24 for the year, Scott said.