Thefts from vehicles
Police are investigating two thefts from vehicles that occurred over the weekend of Feb. 7-9 on Stirrup Circle and Sharon Drive. Items stolen included multiple credit cards, Vermont drivers’ licenses, a Coach purse and wallet, Oakley sunglasses and two pistols—a Norinco 9mm and a Ruger 9mm. Police ask residents to report any suspicious vehicles and people in their neighborhoods. Anyone with information about these thefts can call the Williston Police Department at 878-6611 or Crimestoppers at 864-6666.
Larry Kirby, 40, of Williston was taken into custody at his home on an outstanding warrant on Jan. 31, according to police reports. He was lodged at Chittenden County Correctional Facility, the report notes. No other information was released.
On Feb. 6, police located transient Jeffrey Smialek, 24, and arrested him on two warrants, the first of which was for petit larceny, disorderly conduct, simple assault, credit card fraud, possession of stolen property, identity theft, violation of conditions of release and driving with a suspended license, according to police reports. The second warrant was for failing to show for work crew on a driving with a suspended license case, according to the report. He was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. No other information was released.
On Feb. 7, as the result of a search for two fugitives, police arrested Melinda Morgan, 32, of Winooski and James Morgan, 31, of Winooski on a total of four outstanding warrants, according to police reports. During the investigation, it was determined that James Morgan was wanted on two warrants for ten criminal charges, with bail set at $6,000, according to the report. Melinda Morgan was also wanted on two warrants for a total of 68 criminal charges, and her bail totaled $25,800, the report notes. Both were lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of bail. They were cited to appear in court.
On Feb. 7, police cited Matthew Terjelain, 31, of Colchester on charges of grand larceny and unlawful mischief regarding vehicle break-ins and vandalism at a local business in Williston on Jan. 31, according to police reports. The amount of damage and stolen tools related to this incident totaled approximately $3,000, the report noted. Terjelian was cited to appear in court on Feb. 11.
On Feb. 5, Williston Police were driving through the parking lot at Walmart when an employee flagged an officer down. The employee had been on a break outside the store when he witnessed two men pushing a shopping cart full of expensive electronics through the parking lot. The electronics still had the anti-theft “spider wrap” devices that would normally be removed inside the store at the time of purchase. Police stopped the men after they loaded the electronics into their car and were driving from the area. Police found $1,252 worth of merchandise in the car that had just been stolen from Walmart, including flat screen TVs and “high end” headphones. Zachary Rose, 24, of Milton and George Hawley III, 39, of Essex Junction subsequently were cited on charges of felony retail theft. They were cited to appear in court on March 18.
Driving with suspended license
Andrew S. Ryan, 30, of South Burlington was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on Feb. 1, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court.
Sale of stolen property
Vermont State Police initiated an investigation of a missing/stolen firearm on Oct. 1, according to police reports. The firearm was eventually located at a local gun store and police determined that Dale Conger, 21, of Williston had sold the hunting rifle, which did not belong to him. Conger was cited on a charge of sale of stolen property, according to the report. He was cited to appear in court on March 25.
Police notes are written based on information provided by the Williston Police Department and the Vermont State Police. Please note that all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.