by Mike Donoghue
WILLISTON — A longtime Vermont State Police trooper currently on paid leave following a complaint about items missing from a property room at the state police barracks in Williston denied any involvement when confronted by detectives, court papers show.
Trooper Giancarlo DiGenova of Essex is under criminal investigation for suspicion of grand larceny, sale of stolen property, official misconduct, neglect of duty and false information to police, court records show.
DiGenova was wearing his Vermont State Police uniform when he walked into Perrywinkle’s, a jewelry store at 227 Main Street in Burlington to get a Rolex watch appraised on Nov. 29, according to a search warrant affidavit.
A men’s gold Rolex watch was among the items reported missing from the temporary storage room at the state police barracks on Vermont 2A, Detective Sgt. Jesse Robson said in his court affidavit. Read more in the Caledonian-Record…..
Editor’s note: Mike Donoghue was already an experienced, highly capable cops & court reporter for the Burlington Free Press when I began my journalism career there in 1979. My desk was next to his and I learned much from the Master. Incredibly, 43 later he is still breaking major news stories like this one. He also has served as president of the Vermont Press Association and as a professor of journalism at St. Michaels College.
What a moron. Ended his career and facing jail time for shiny trinkets.
I couldn’t resist.
Good one 👍👍🤣😂😎
Tampering with, removing or failing to respect the chain of custody of criminal evidence is obviously a big deal, but remember when we had the same concerns about election ballots? It’s not trivial what kind of a person it takes and what kind of a commitment by that person it takes to become trained and sworn as a State Trooper or any law enforcement officer. Very sad to see one taken down by some seemingly insignificant theft of an item that was likely already stolen from someone else.
It was probably fake anyway.