BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Police Department and Department of Public works have received several reports of suspicious activity related to water service.
Fraudulent phone calls have been made to residents claiming that the caller needs to access the home in order to test water, make repairs, or tend to other matters.
These calls are fraudulent and are likely intended to allow suspects access for a burglary or to identify false problems with water and plumbing in an effort to get residents to pay money for unneeded repairs.
The Brattleboro Public Works Department regularly tests water on the supply side and does not test water at residences. If equipment needed to be checked (such as a meter) the town would call during normal business hours to make an appointment. When arriving to do work, DPW employees would be in clothes with Brattleboro logos driving fully marked DPW vehicles.
Anyone receiving a fraudulent call is encouraged to report it to the Brattleboro police at 802-257-7950. Residents are encouraged to call DPW to confirm the validity of callers and appointments.
• The Vermont State Police is investigating the report of a burglary that occurred at a residence on Davidson Hill Road in Westminster sometime between 8 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. on Nov. 10. Anyone that saw any suspicious behavior in the area is asked to call 802-254-2382.
• At 3:15 p.m., the Vermont State Police received a report of a vehicle being operated erratically on Interstate 91. In response, the State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop at Exit 1 on Route 5 in Brattleboro. As a result, Hector Mulero, 47, of Hartford, Conn., was arrested and cited with driving under the influence.
• The Brattleboro Police Department arrested Scott Haselton, 50, of Brattleboro, and cited him with criminal contempt.
• At 12:25 p.m., the Greater Falls Pharmacy located on Atkinson Street was robbed by what is believed to be a white male dressed in women's clothing. The suspect is described as having a "sunken-in" face with the teeth protruding past the chin, wearing a black skirt with black leggings and a black blouse. The suspect made off with an undetermined amount of narcotics. Anyone who thinks they may recognize the suspect or has any information regarding this case is urged to contact the Bellows Falls Police Department at 802-463-1234.
• At 11:15, the Bellows Falls Police Department responded to a report of a burglary on Hapgood Street. When officers arrived, sounds could be heard from inside the building. After setting up a perimeter, Officers made entry to the building whereas, Keith Tyrrell Jr. and Gary Lescord were found removing copper piping from the basement.
Tyrrell and Lescord were both taken into custody and were both subsequently lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $5000.00 bail.
• The Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle roll-over crash on Route 9 in Woodford. Troopers determined Kathryn Deedman, 29, of East Dover, was traveling west at 50 mph. While traveling downhill through a left curve in the road, the operator, Deedman attempted to retrieve a water bottle and drove off the north side of the road.
The vehicle exited the roadway, struck an embankment and rolled once back onto the roadway, landing upright but sustaining substantial undercarriage and structural damage. The vehicle was inoperable and towed from the scene.
Deedman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was thrown about the interior of the vehicle. She reported no injuries and refused medical treatment. Deedman was found to have a suspended license in the state of South Carolina. She was issued a ticket for operating without a valid license and cited for not wearing a seatbelt.