At about 6:37 pm Friday, May 21, the Vermont State Police received a report of a stolen Silloway Septic Truck from a location on East Randolph Road in Chelsea, Orange County. Police say an investigation located the vehicle in East Randolph and developed probable cause to arrest Kevin Bent, 32, on suspicion of using the vehicle without consent of the owner.
A search of the area located Bent in the East Randolph Baptist Church. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant and transported to the State Police barracks in Royalton for processing.
The previous evening, the Vermont State Police received a report of suspicious person at the Mill Branch Market and Deli in East Randolph. On arrival, troopers located a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee which had been stolen from Pomfret. Troopers observed to occupants and recognized them as Amanda Conant and Kevin Bent. The vehicle had been spray-painted red, had its catalytic converter removed and the vehicle registration had been replaced with improper registration plates. The words “Bonnie & Clyde 2021” were observed to have been spray-painted on the vehicle’s hood.
The occupants appeared to possibly impaired and when awoken were ordered out of the car. Neither occupant complied with the trooper’s order. Conant started the car and fled the parking lot at high rate of speed.
An extensive search of the area by the State Police and an Orange County Deputy Sheriff was conducted. Over the next few hours, residents of Chelsea and Turnbridge area reported seeing the Jeep in their driveways, but the vehicle had left prior to police arrival. At approximately 11:33 p.m., Troopers located the vehicle in the woods behind a residence on Bicknell Hill Rd in Chelsea. Bent and Conant attempted to flee though the woods but stopped when the Jeep became stuck in mud. After being ordered to stop, Bent and Conant fled into the heavily wooded area.
Bent was issued a criminal citation to appear in court May 24. Bent was subsequently lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield in lieu of bail.
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