Arrests made in area burglaries (Aug.14 2008)

Investigations ongoing in Williston, Charlotte and Shelburne

Aug. 14, 2008
Molly Shaker
Observer staff

Three suspects have been charged in state and local police investigations into a string of residential and motor vehicle burglaries reported in Chittenden County.

At this point, the arrests and charges are tied to the Charlotte and Shelburne break-ins. Investigation of similar incidents in Williston is ongoing.

Kyle Evans, 19 of Burlington, was arrested by state police on Aug. 7 on charges of accessory to burglary and violation of conditions of release. A press release from state police said their investigation of the 14 Charlotte burglaries led to the arrest.

Charges for two other suspects followed this week. On Aug. 11, Burlington resident Sean Leach, 23, “voluntarily appeared at the Vermont State Police Barracks and spoke with Vermont State Troopers about the burglaries that occurred on Greenbush Road in Charlotte” in the nighttime hours of Aug. 4 and the early morning hours of Aug. 5, according to a state police press release.

The police investigation had “determined Leach and Gillian Junger were involved in the incidents,” the press release said. Leach was cited and released on the charge of burglary. Junger, 20, of Shelburne was cited on the charge of petit larceny and accessory before the fact.

Junger was also recently arrested by Shelburne Police on charges of felony possession of stolen property, felony unlawful mischief and petit larceny, said police. The charges are in relation to several motor vehicle thefts reported on Marsett Road, Falls Road and the Irish Hill area in Shelburne, said Shelburne Police Cpl. John Marcoux.

Evans was also linked to the Shelburne burglaries, Marcoux confirmed, during the joint Shelburne and State Police investigation that led to his earlier arrest. Shelburne Police found Evans’ fingerprints on beer cans in one of the Shelburne residences that was burglarized, Marcoux said.

“We shared our information with the state police and they were able to tie Mr. Evans into the Charlotte burglaries,” he said.

Marcoux was unsure if Evans volunteered any initial evidence that linked him to the Charlotte burglaries before the fingerprints were found.

Several burglaries in Williston have also been reported in the past week.

As of press time, the most recent theft was a $10,000 machine that was stolen from a construction site near the Town Place Suites in Williston, said Williston Police Sgt. Scott Graham.

Whether the burglaries in all three towns were related remains unclear.

“We don’t know,” said Graham. “We’ve had several different crimes in Williston — residences and car hits, storage units this past weekend. We don’t know if they’re all related because some are going after tools and others are going after change and money. But some are probably related.”

Investigations continue, and state police are urging people to lock their windows and doors and to report any suspicious vehicles or activity to 878-7111.