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July 17, 2017

Westminster Barracks / Suspicious Circumstances / Request for Information







CASE#: 17B104526

TROOPER: Sgt. Buckley                            

STATION: VSP Westminster                     

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600


DATE/TIME: 07/17/2017 at approximately 0915 hours

LOCATION: Route 30 – Townshend – area of Townshend Dam

INCIDENT TYPE: Suspicious Circumstances


ACCUSED: Unknown                                                                   


SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 07/17/2017 at approximately 0915 AM, VSP Westminster received a call from workers working on the spill way at the Townshend Dam reporting suspicious circumstances in the area where work was being performed.


Troopers from the Vermont State Police responded and determined that subjects unknown had either lowered a bucket of petroleum products (gas) off the bridge or carried the bucket to a location below the bridge that spans the spill way. The perpetrator(s) appeared to have thrown rocks which had been wrapped in fabric and previously treated with a flammable liquid at the bucket containing the gas. The investigation revealed that the fabric wrapped rocks had been ignited and were burning when thrown off the bridge at the bucket in an attempt to ignite the gas in the bucket.


At the time of this press release, no damage was sustained to the spill way. This is believed to be a delinquent act. 


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Sgt. Buckley of the Vermont State Police – Westminster barracks at (802) 722-4600 or call the State Police Crime Information Tip Line at (802) 241-5355.  Anonymous crime tips can also be sent using your mobile device. Text the keyword VTIPS to the shortcut CRIMES (274687) and share the tip you have about a crime.