HIGHGATE — On Monday, a Highgate man alerted Vermont State Police that his ex-girlfriend had taken his car and failed to return it.

The following day the vehicle was located by a Vermont State Trooper on Route 104 near Exit 19 in St. Albans. It was in the possession of Erica Patnode, 41, of Highgate.

Patnode was taken into custody, processed and released with a citation to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on Jan. 27 to answer the charge of vehicle operation without the owner’s consent.

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