Vermont man arrested in connection with local burglaries

A Fair HavenVt.man has been arrested inVermontfor what police say in a string of burglaries with a connection toWhitehall. Jesse R. West, 27, of Fair Haven was arrested Oct. 19 following a lengthy investigation into multiple burglaries straddling the state border dating back as much as two years. West faces five counts of burglary, six counts of grand larceny as well as two counts of possession of stolen property

Fair Haven Police Chief William Humphries said his department received a break in the case when they found out West cashed a check from a Queensbury antique dealer for $2,400 after selling scrap gold and collectible coins worth nearly $30,000 between February and August of this year.

The investigation revealed some of the items bought by the dealer were possibly linked to a burglary inCastleton,Vt.which provided police with enough information to obtain a search warrant for West’sRiver Streetresidence, police said.

During the search police were able to recover other items believed to have been stolen. Humphries said one of the items recovered was a motorcycle linked toWhitehalland items possibly lined to a Castleton burglary where as much as $100,000 in losses were reported by the homeowner.

In a separate search at another location police said they also recovered more jewelry and coins reported stolen in the Fair Haven and Castleton, also recovering a large carved wooden bear reported stolen from theLake Georgearea.

Humphries said the investigation had not been completed and additional charges may result as well as other suspects charged.

The Fair Haven Police encourage the public to contact Det. Gary Boutin if you have been a victim of a burglary in the past two years where predominately gold jewelry was taken. If you have any information or knowledge of these crimes please call the Fair Haven and Castleton Police Department at 1-802-265-4531 or 1-802-265-8293.

 

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