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Swanton woman nabbed in Best Buy scam

On April 7, Williston police officers responded to Best Buy on reports of a fraudulent transaction at 8:30 p.m. Upon investigation, police discovered that Pamela Yandow, 43, of Swanton, had earlier entered the Maple Tree Place-area store, taken several items totaling $300 in value, concealed them, and then attempted to return the items for store credit, police said.

Yandow was cited on a charge of  false pretense related to the transaction and is set to appear in Chittenden Superior Court on May 5. Online records searches showed Yandow to have an extensive criminal record, including charges involving narcotics distribution and a massive bank theft.

Bicycle rider assaulted on Dorset St.

A cyclist who had stopped to look at a bus schedule in South Burlington was attacked April 8, knocked off his bike and into the road at 4:30 p.m., according to news reports.

The suspect, Timothy Barrett, 24, was held by bystanders until officers arrived, according to a release.

The unidentified victim told police that Barrett had approached him from behind, hit him in the head and continued to punch him until others stepped in. The victim was brought to University of Vermont Medical Center and treated for injuries, according to police. Barrett was cited on a charge of simple assault.