Car break-in gang hits Charlotte

State police photos of car break-in suspects, collage by Newport Dispatch

Police are looking to identify four people following a series of thefts in Charlotte Saturday.

Authorities say they were notified of multiple calls from multiple victims in the town of Charlotte regarding vehicle break-ins, stolen property, and stolen motor vehicles.

Police say a victim reported a stolen credit card being used in Burlington. Over the course of the investigation, troopers with VSP Williston were able to connect the string of crimes to additional incidents in North Ferrisburgh and worked with troopers out of VSP New Haven to investigate the crimes.

Two NEK shooting deaths – State police are investigating two apparently unrelated shooting deaths in the Northeast Kingdom this weekend.

Police have not released the identities of either man. An autopsy will be conducted today on the body of a man found shot to death at a home in Newport Saturday night. 

State police also are investigating a suspicious death that occurred Monday morning, Oct. 16 in Wheelock. Police received an emergency call at about 6 a.m. Monday from a woman who reported that an adult man had been shot at a property on Vermont Route 16 in Wheelock. Troopers responded along with rescue crews from Glover and Hardwick. The victim was located and pronounced deceased at the scene.

No suspects for either shooting are in custody. Police ask that anyone with information that could assist in this investigation call VSP’s Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881 or provide an anonymous tip online at

Vandalism with BB gun – Police say someone shot out a car window with a BB gun on Village Street in Dorset on Saturday afternoon.

Troopers located dents on the door of the vehicle from pellets but did not locate any suspects on the scene. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Randolph at 802-878-7111.

Barre men busted for fentanyl trafficking, released – At 6 AM October 13, 2023, after a lengthy investigation, Barre City officers executed  a search warrant at an apartment at the 400 block of North Main Street in Barre. Jonie Bresett, 51, and Jeffrey Caron, 42, both of Barre were found with 22.77 grams of crack cocaine, 7 bindles of fentanyl, .59 grams of bulk fentanyl, and $3,500 cash. Both were charged with fentanyl trafficking, sale of cocaine, dispensing out of a dwelling, and possession of a regulated drug. 

Caron was cited to appear in court at a later date. Bresett was taken into custody and arraigned before a judge and subsequently released on conditions. 

Elderly pair hospitalized after fire – Elizabeth Busch, 77, and William Klein, 80 were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after an October 14 fire destroyed their Calais home, state police say. 

The structure sustained extensive damage from fire, heat, and smoke. The fire does not appear to be the result of a criminal act.

SO Registry non-compliance – Justin Purvis, 33, of Burlington was cited by state police on October 5 for being non-compliant with his responsibilities to report for the Sex Offender Registry. Annually, around the time of the sex offender’s birthday, sex offenders are required to update their picture and address information. Purvis had not done this and was about 5 months late, police say. 

Stole keys, clicked fob, stole truck – Berlin police are looking for the male thief who stole a truck from the Berlin mall this weekend. The victim’s 2023 Black Nissan Frontier was stolen from the mall parking lot while he was working in one of the stores at the mall. 

Mall surveillance video shows a male could be seen in a light sweatshirt and dark shorts taking the keys out of the victim’s personal belongings while they were distracted at work and then walking to the parking lot and clicking the key fob until they found the truck. He then left the parking lot with the truck.   

If you recognized the male in the attached pictures, please call the Berlin Police Department at 1-802-223-4401.  

News and photos from Vermont police, some republished by Newport Dispatch.

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