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March 30, 2017

UPDATE: Middlesex Barracks / False pretenses or tokens, Accessory to retail theft, (UNSECURE)

 

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

 

PRESS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 17A301238

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Vooris                             

STATION: Vermont State Police - Middlesex                     

CONTACT#: 802-29-9191

 

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                                            

AGE: 41

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.

 

 

Scott Waterman

Vermont State Police Public Information Officer

802-241-5277 desk

802-279-4554 cell

Scott.waterman@vermont.gov