Former Williston Barracks trooper accused of stealing $40K worth of items

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ESSEX — A former Vermont state trooper has been cited on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to theft of personal property from storage areas.

Giancarlo DiGenova, 44, of Essex, was charged with grand larceny, neglect of duty, false information to police, unprofessional conduct, petit larceny, sale of stolen property, fraud or deceit, false swearing, and applications to be under oath.

DiGenova was most recently assigned as a road trooper at the Williston Barracks but was placed on paid relief-from-duty status on Dec. 19, 2022.

Following an investigation that began in December, the Vermont State Police on Monday, March 20, 2023, found DiGenova guilty of stealing personal property from secured storage rooms.

The items stolen included a bag containing valuables worth over $40,000, including diamond stud earrings, a Rolex watch, a designer brand wallet and keychain, and Apple AirPods wireless headphones.

Vermont State Police recovered the Rolex, valued at about $14,000, from the home of a relative of DiGenova in Massachusetts, but the rest of the stolen property remains missing.

DiGenova is also accused of taking a bag containing seized cellphones in June 2021 from a secure personal property storage area at the Berlin Barracks, and subsequently attempting to sell two of the devices at an automated kiosk at the University Mall in South Burlington. He successfully completed one transaction.

In another instance, DiGenova is believed to have stolen several pills after taking possession of several bottles of medication for ADHD prescribed to a juvenile during a response to a May 2022 call of a disturbance involving a juvenile at a private residence in Bolton.

During the investigation, law enforcement discovered that DiGenova was performing checks of vehicle identification numbers (VINs) on behalf of a household member’s car registration business.

He attested to completing two physical checks on out-of-state vehicles without ever seeing the vehicles involved.

DiGenova turned himself in at the Royalton Barracks on Monday, March 20, 2023, and was taken into custody, fingerprinted, photographed, and released with citations to appear in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on Thursday, March 23, and in Barre on Thursday, April 6.

The Vermont State Police worked closely throughout this investigation with VSP’s Technology Investigation Unit and the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office, along with the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office and the DMV Enforcement and Safety Division.

The Boston Police Department also provided assistance.

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