Lawmaker’s store robbed by heroin user

Robbery suspect Nathan Cheney

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department has arrested a man in connection to a robbery that took place yesterday.

Nathan Cheney, 24, of Newport, was arrested and charged with assault and robbery, possession of heroin, possession of a deadly weapon while committing a crime, providing false reports to law enforcement authorities, and obstruction of justice.

Police responded to a report of a robbery at the Jimmy Kwik Store on Coventry Street at around 5:20 p.m. yesterday. The store is owned by Rep. Mike Marcotte (R-Coventry), chair of the House Commerce Committee.

Investigators allege Cheney entered the store, advised that he had a knife on him, threatened an employee, and demanded money from the register. The store employee handed over an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect left on foot.

Newport police later encountered an individual matching the suspect’s description on Union Street and the suspect was positively identified as Cheney soon afterward.

Police say he initially resisted arrest but was taken into custody. No one was injured in the incident.

During a lawful search, Newport police say they found heroin and a knife in Cheney’s possession. During the course of the investigation, Cheney allegedly made claims about a separate crime, which was investigated and later determined to be unfounded.

He was held last night at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport without bail.

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  1. A long session of cold turkey withdrawal in a jail cell with nothing but a blanket and a bucket would wipe that smirk off his face. Unfortunately, Vermont wont let someone go through withdrawal in the slammer. “Sir, do you have a preference for methadone or buprenorphine…or would you like both?” Addiction is a choice and so is the method of funding one’s addiction. He made 2 bad choices.

    • Not to worry, the guards will smuggle him buprenorphine. Sometimes it seems
      there are more drugs in prison than out.

  2. In the not too distant future one will be able to take tours of underground drug dens similar to the opium dens in Manhattan in the 1920’s. That’s where we will be able to find the youth who had the privilege to try gateway drugs before moving up.

    • Another attraction for Burlington I hadn’t thought of. Is there a tourist map indicating the highlights? Good to promote on college and university orientation also or a boat tour of the waterfront?

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