Two arrested after defecating in victim’s car during Barton-Lowell crime spree

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BARTON — Vermont State Police have arrested two individuals in connection with a series of thefts and other incidents that occurred in Barton and Lowell on Friday.

Alexis Pelletier, 28, of no fixed address in the Burlington area, and Jamie Hoben, 39, of no fixed address in the Barton area, were issued citations to appear in court on Tuesday, June 18, for their alleged involvement in the incidents.

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The events began at approximately 5:30 a.m. when troopers received a report of a firearm stolen from a vehicle belonging to Ryun King, 22, of Barton. Shortly after, at 6:27 a.m., a report was received of an abandoned vehicle on Hazen’s Notch Rd in Lowell, near Monteith Road.

This vehicle was later reported stolen by Linda Palmer, 32, of Barton.

Throughout the day, additional reports were received of vehicle break-ins and thefts in the area. At approximately 5:20 p.m., troopers located and detained Hoben and Pelletier after receiving reports of suspicious individuals in Lowell Village.

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Investigation revealed that Pelletier is suspected of stealing the firearm and vehicle in Barton, before traveling with Hoben to Hazen’s Notch where the vehicle ran out of gas.

Pelletier is believed to have buried the firearm, which has not yet been recovered, in the area of Monteith Road.

Pelletier is also suspected of stealing a bicycle from a juvenile victim, entering a vehicle belonging to Amy Tetreault, 50, of Lowell, and defecating and urinating in it, as well as attempting to steal a UTV from Tetreault’s yard.

Hoben is suspected of entering a vehicle belonging to Garett Draper, 45, of Lowell, and stealing a window breaker tool.

The stolen bicycle was recovered and returned to the juvenile victim. Troopers continue to search for the stolen firearm and advise residents in the Hazen’s Notch and Monteith Road areas to be alert for evidence of similar activity.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper James Gallup or Sergeant Daniel Lynch at the VSP Derby Barracks.

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