ST. JOHNSBURY — Two men were arrested on Christmas Eve after allegedly stealing a vehicle and committing theft, according to authorities.
At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 24, Vermont State Police responded to a report from Christina Miller, 44, of Barnet, who claimed her grey 2011 Chevrolet Malibu had been stolen by 35-year-old Keith Lapierre of Peacham.
The vehicle, filled with Christmas gifts for Miller’s family, was later located at a Maplefield’s convenience store in St. Johnsbury.
Upon arrival, troopers found Lapierre in physical control of the stolen vehicle.
However, many of the Christmas gifts reported by Miller were not recovered, and Lapierre was charged with petit larceny for allegedly taking the presents.
During the investigation, Leonard Garcia, 30, of St. Johnsbury, was identified as another occupant of the vehicle.
Both Lapierre and Garcia were found to have active conditions of release that prohibited them from being in contact with one another.
Additionally, while at the convenience store, employees reported to troopers that Garcia had stolen several items.
He was charged with retail theft, adding to his violation of conditions of release.
The two men are currently facing multiple charges, including operating without consent of the owner, petit larceny, and violations of conditions of release.
The incident remains under investigation by local authorities.