Arrest made in string of vandalism
ST. ALBANS CITY –– Police here have made a third arrest in connection with a rash of vandalism that occurred in June, and they expect to make one more.
On Friday, police arrested Shannon Lussier, 33, of St. Albans, on three counts of misdemeanor unlawful mischief and one count of felony unlawful mischief for incidents of vandalism that occurred June 19 and 20.
Police claim Lussier used a baseball bat to smash out windows at various city locations, including: 12 windows at the Congregational Church on Church Street; three windows at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church; one window at Franklin Superior Court; and windows from seven vehicles parked on Bishop, Upper Newton and Upper Welden streets.
Damages to the St. Paul’s window alone are estimated at $6,500.
Lussier was lodged at the Northwest State Correctional Facility on $7,000 bail, pending her arraignment Tuesday at Franklin District Court in St. Albans. She could face additional charges.
The investigation continues, and police expect to arrest at least one more individual in connection with the vandalism.
Late last week, city police arrested Dallas Stuart, 28, of St. Albans Town, for allegedly smashing out a window at JW Ryan’s Pub on Kingman Street.
Police responded to that call just after 2:30 a.m. Friday and found Stuart in a parking lot, with cuts on his hand.
At 9:30 p.m. last Thursday, vandals fired a paintball at a house on Sawyer Street, breaking a window. People were home at the time, but no one was injured.
An hour later, police responded to Walnut Street, after a vehicle owner discovered the rear window was smashed out of her car, which she had parked in front of her home.
And at 6:10 a.m. Friday, police went to Messenger Street, where someone had smashed out the rear side window of another vehicle.
There have been no arrests in any of those three incidents.
However, on June 26, police arrested a juvenile female and charged her with four separate counts of unlawful mischief after she allegedly committed $4,000 worth of vandalism to four separate vehicles at 26 Lincoln Ave., the weekend of June 12 and 13.
Police Chief Gary Taylor has speculated that a group of vandals might be traveling together in a vehicle and working individually, considering the geographic distance between the crime locations. The victims are random.
Anyone with information should call city police at 802-524-2166.