BURLINGTON — A Colchester man was arrested in Burlington on Sunday on more than fifty separate charges, primarily for false pretenses and identity theft.
According to the Burlington Police Dept. a source told police Shane M. Morrill, 32, was hiding in an apartment building in the area of King Street near South Champlain Street.
Two officers were assigned to surveil the building while others investigated the tip.
Morrill reportedly came out of the building and the officers conducting surveillance called his name. According to police, he fled on foot. Officers pursued him and ultimately took him into custody on Battery Street.
Morrill is the prime suspect in a string of thefts of items from cars.
Police allege Morrill would gain entry to vehicles from an unlocked door or by breaking a window. He would then reportedly take valuables from inside the vehicle, including any items likely to contain wallets, credit cards, money or electronics such as laptops.
Purchases were then made using the stolen cars, often totaling hundreds of dollars, according to police.
The thefts occurred throughout Chittenden County.
Morrill is facing 13 felony and 39 misdemeanor charges.
He has a criminal history that includes three felony and 32 misdemeanor convictions.
The Burlington Police thanked the Colchester and South Burlington departments for their assistance, as well as members of the public who provided tips about Morrill’s whereabouts.