Dave St. Pierre, photo
BAKERSFIELD — At least seven Vermont State Police cruisers or other police vehicles parked outside a rural home here Wednesday morning as authorities worked to solve a string of burglary crimes.
A search warrant was presented to the occupant of the Hennessey Road home, Scott Maple, 34, at about 10:30 a.m.
Vermont State Police were joined by officers from Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, and St. Albans Police Department in what VSP described as an ongoing investigation of burglaries and thefts over the last year in Vermont and New York.
VSP today said evidence revealed stolen property was being kept at the Hennessey Road residence.
Following a search of the house, Maple was arrested at the scene and taken to the VSP barracks in St. Albans for processing. He was later released on a citation to appear in superior court on April 25, for possession of stolen property.
A police statement today stated, “A large amount of possible stolen property was discovered, however not all property was able to be seized. As a reminder, Vermont State Police strongly recommend owners to report and document all crimes as well to keep an accurate inventory of high dollar value items, including make, models, and serial numbers.”
The Hennessey Road residence is well known to area law enforcement due to a 2011 investigation for alleged animal cruelty. In July of that year, 54 of 68 dogs of the premises were seized by the humane society for inadequate food and water, improper sanitation or need for medical attention.
A couple months prior, Scott Maple was charged with a misdemeanor for driving negligently, allegedly nearly striking another Bakersfield resident. The charges were later dropped.
Police, related to the current cases, also asked that anyone with information regarding recent burglaries, thefts, or missing high-dollar items contact Trooper Filipek at 802-524-5993.
This case is still active, more details will be released pending further investigation, said police.