The Burlington Police Department (BPD) reported that it made an arrest of a Colchester man Sunday afternoon.
Police responded to a call about a larceny from a motor vehicle that had been in a downtown parking garage around 1:09 p.m. Feb. 20. Authorities say BPD received several other calls over the next hour regarding different vehicles that had been broken into in parking garages and other downtown areas of the city.
While officers investigated the complaints, BPD’s dispatch center reportedly located video from the city parking garage showing two suspects who were considered responsible. Dispatchers provided an updated description of the suspects and confirmed that the two individuals had left the parking garage in a stolen vehicle.
Around 2:10 p.m., BPD received another call advising that two males were allegedly attempting to buy gift cards with various credit cards at Market 32 on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. A store employee also provided police with the first name of a female listed on one of the cards, which BPD says matched the name of a victim from one of the car larcenies.
Officers responded to the location to speak with witnesses, gather information, and conduct a canvas. It’s said that during the search, police located the stolen vehicle in the Shaw’s parking lot on the other side of Shelburne Road. Officers also reportedly located two males, later identified as Shane Morrill, 34, of Colchester, and Wayne Morrill, 42, of Burlington, who were exiting Shaw’s and matched the description provided by dispatch.
After stopping the two individuals to investigate, it’s said that numerous items allegedly taken during the car larcenies were recovered during the interaction. BPD reports that the investigation is ongoing and that police are still processing evidence and assessing the various alleged crimes.
“This incident goes to show that public safety is a shared responsibility,” said acting Chief of Police Jon Murad. “It involved a lot of cooperation and good work among dispatchers, officers, and members of the public. No one likes coming out on a cold day and finding their car damaged and their property stolen. Those kinds of crimes are the responsibility of the people who perpetrate them, not victims, but the BPD reminds neighbors to lock their cars and avoid leaving valuable items visible and unattended, particularly items like wallets, credit cards, and cell phones or other electronics.”
Shane Morrill was reportedly processed and released on citation while Wayne Morrill was lodged on an outstanding warrant.