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June 20, 2017

Updated press release for Halifax theft of firearms burglary on 05/20 / Subject arrested / Case No. 17B103082

***Updated press release - arrest of subject

 

VSP Press Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE/INFORMATION REQUEST

       

CASE#: 17B103082

RANK/TROOPER: Trooper Colin Shepley                             

STATION: Westminster                     

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 05/20/2017 @ 11:20 AM

LOCATION: Green River Road, Halifax VT

VIOLATION: Burglary

 

ACCUSED: James R. Kennedy                                            

AGE: 24

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro, VT

 

VICTIM: N/A

AGE: 46

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: East Dummerston, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 05/20/2017 at approximately  11:20 AM the Vermont State

Police were notified of a burglary that occurred at a residence on Green River

Road in Halifax. According to the complainant a large black Liberty safe was

taken with approximately 10 firearms inside. The firearms included both long

guns and hand guns. This occurred from approximately 1000 hours on 05/18/2017 to

1100 hours on 05/20/2017. Residents and business owners are reminded to keep

both windows and doors secured. If anyone has information or has seen suspicious

activity in the area they are encouraged to contact Trooper Shepley, Vermont

State Police Westminster at 802-722-4600.

 

***update

 

On June 20, 2017 Troopers from the Westminster State Police Barracks arrested James Kennedy for his involvement in a burglary that occurred at a residence in Halifax around May 20th, 2017. During this burglary numerous firearms were stolen.  Since the initial report of the burglary 9 of the firearms have been recovered and returned to the victim.

 

Kennedy was charged with Burglary, Grand Larceny, Unlawful Trespass, Possession of Stolen Property, all felonies, and Unlawful Mischief, a misdemeanor.  

 

Bail was set at 750.00 and Kennedy was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield pending arraignment should he be unable to post bail.  Kennedy was issued a citation to appear at the District Court in Brattleboro on June 21, 2017 to answer to the aforementioned charges.

 

This investigation is currently ongoing. 

 

Detective Corporal Brian A. Berry

Vermont State Police

Troop “B” Westminster Barracks

1330 Westminster Heights Rd.

Putney, VT 05346

Office - (802) 722-4663