The Brattleboro Police Department has warned locals to be careful with sensitive information during this season of holiday shopping.
The BPD has received numerous complaints from people who have recently been asked for their personal information over the phone, by e-mail and by U.S. mail.
Chief Gene Wrinn wanted to remind everyone to never give out their Social Security number, date of birth, bank account numbers or any other personal information to anyone over the phone. According to a press release, you should never provide personal information unless you are the one who initiated the contact.
Wrinn also wants people to remember to lock their vehicles whenever they’re not in them. He advises shoppers to place packages in the trunk or cover them in the back of the vehicle so they cannot be plainly seen.
And once the gifts are under the Christmas tree, be sure to keep curtains drawn and all doors locked. The colorful wrapping paper can be a big temptation for thieves.
-- A Rutland woman was cited with driving in Brattleboro with a criminally suspended license at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Kayla Fitzgerald, 23, was ordered to appear in Windham Superior Court: Criminal Division.
-- A 16-year-old from Jefferson, N.H., was cited for operating a stolen vehicle on Saturday, Dec. 1.
At approximately 10:23 a.m., Vermont State Police in St. Johnsbury received a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence in Lunenburg. Its owner said the vehicle was last seen at 4 a.m. She said she woke up and found the vehicle missing.
At roughly 11:40 a.m., someone called the Bellows Falls Police Department with a report of suspicious activity in the area of Exit 6 of Interstate 91. The subject said he had spoken to a young girl who told him she was on the run from police and had stolen a car. The man was able to identify the car and give a clear description of the vehicle, including its registration, after the vehicle left the scene. The VSP of Brattleboro and Rockingham then joined the search for the vehicle.
At approximately 11:57 a.m., Trooper James Matthews spotted the vehicle traveling southbound on I-91 in the area of Exit 3. The vehicle exited the Interstate at Exit 2 and pulled into a gas station on Western Avenue. Troopers, with the assistance of the Brattleboro Police Department, were able to initiate a traffic stop and take the operator and lone occupant into custody without incident.
The juvenile suspect was charged with operating without owner’s consent and will face charges in Caledonia Superior Court.
-- VSP responded to a report of an accident at the Irving gas station on Route 30 at approximately 9:16 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Troopers learned that John Docimo, 61, of Stamford, Conn., was parked a pump filling his vehicle’s tank with gas when Mark Kracum, 56, of Dummerston, attempted to go around his 2012 Toyota Truck. As Kracum passed, a passenger in Docimo’s vehicle began to open his door to exit the vehicle. Kracum could not stop in time and made contact with the open door.
The Toyota that Docimo was filling with gas sustained passenger-side damage while the 2002 Dodge Truck suffered driver’s-side damage.
There were no injuries and both vehicles were able to drive away under their own power.
-- Peter Jeffries, 79, of Walpole, N.H., lost control of the vehicle he was driving due to icy conditions on Monday, Dec. 3, and struck a guardrail.
-- Kirsten Dwane, 19, of Spofford, N.H., lost control of the vehicle she was driving due an icy road and rolled into a ditch on Monday, Dec. 3.
-- Phillip Oren, 31, of Brattleboro, was cited for aggravated domestic assault and unlawful restraint following an incident on Sunday, Dec. 2.
At approximately 8:29 p.m., Emergency 911 call regarding a possible suicidal subject at 72 Wellington Hill Road W.
Emergency 911 received a call from a female located at the residence and she said she was being attacked by Oren. The female stated she had already been choked and lost consciousness and had locked herself in her car.
Vermont State Police responded to the scene and came in contact with Oren, who disobeyed various orders to get on the ground and troopers resorted to use of force to place Oren into custody.
Oren was transported to the Rockingham State Police barracks, where he was processed. He was transported to the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, where he was held without bail.
Oren was cited to appear in court on Monday, Dec. 3.
-- Colin Moore, 37, of Londonderry, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol following a two-vehicle crash on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Winhall Police responded to a crash at the bottom of the Stratton Mountain Access Road at approximately 5:30 a.m. According to police, a Dodge Sedan was traveling east and down Stratton Mountain Access Road toward Vermont Route 30 and crossed the centerline on a sharp curve and struck a Toyota truck that was traveling west.
Both vehicles were totaled but only minor injuries were reported.
Moore was identified as the operator of the Dodge Sedan and was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He has two previous DUIs and provided an evidentiary breath sample of .172.
Moore was released on conditions and ordered to appear in Bennington Superior Court: Criminal Division at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 to answer to the charges of DUI #3 and negligent operation.