UPDATE: On Tuesday 3/28/17, an extraditable warrant for Violation of Probation was issued by the State of Rhode Island for Johnnie Hammond, 41, of Providence, Rhode Island. Hammond is currently lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility in South Burlington, Vermont for lack of $10,000 bail on charges for the below incident. A Vermont judge found probable cause for the Rhode Island warrant and placed an additional $35,000 bail on Hammond due to the new charge. The extradition to Rhode Island is pending.
STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Vooris
STATION: Vermont State Police - Middlesex
DATE/TIME: 03/26/2017 - 1330
INCIDENT LOCATION: Willaimstown Vermont
VIOLATION: False pretenses or tokens, Accessory to retail theft, False info to
law enforcement, criminal threatening, Accessory aiding the commission of a
felony, and Accessory after the fact.
ACCUSED: Johnnie Hammond
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Providence Rhode Island
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On March 26th 2017, Troopers from the Middlesex Barracks
were advised of a gold colored Toyota sedan traveling southbound in the area of
exit 6 at a high rate of speed and passing on the shoulder. Troopers responded
to the area but were unable the vehicle.
Troopers were later advised that there appeared to be an abandoned vehicle at
the Williamstown AOT garage that matched the description of the Toyota. Troopers
responded to the area and located the vehicle. The subsequent investigation
revealed a large amount of stolen property inside the vehicle.
Troopers located the occupants of the vehicle walking on Route 64 in the area of
Palmer road. All occupants provided false names and were subsequently
transported to the Middlesex Barracks.
The investigation revealed a large scale return fraud and retail theft from
Walmart stores throughout the Northeast. The investigation revealed that return
frauds and thefts had occurred in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts,
and Rhode Island.
The investigation revealed that Hammond instructed others what to steal which
included bed sheets, pillow cases, bicycle parts, and school supplies. Over
$4000.00 of items were located inside the vehicle. Hammond would then return the
items for store credit at other locations.
Hammond was processed at the Middlesex Barracks and lodged at Chitenden County
Correctional Facility. The investigation is on going.
Vermont State Police Public Information Officer