Suspect arrested in Essex after multi-town crime spree

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ESSEX — A Burlington man faces multiple charges following a series of alleged thefts and traffic incidents across several Vermont towns.

Kenneth K. Whitehouse, 35, was arrested June 29 in connection with thefts in Shelburne and Essex, as well as a hit-and-run crash that damaged three vehicles.

On June 25 at 8:50 a.m., Essex police spotted a vehicle linked to thefts in Shelburne at a local Lowe’s store.

Officers observed a man, later identified as Whitehouse, loading stolen tools into the vehicle before fleeing when police attempted to stop him.

Minutes later, the same vehicle crashed into three cars at the intersection of College Parkway, Pearl Street and Susie Wilson Road.

One vehicle was totaled, another sustained disabling damage, and a third was driven from the scene.

The suspect vehicle was found abandoned the next day.

Whitehouse, who had active arrest warrants, was apprehended by Williston police on June 29 during an alleged theft at Home Depot.

In a subsequent interview with Essex police, he reportedly admitted to the Lowe’s theft, fleeing from officers, causing the crash, and involvement in Shelburne thefts.

Charges against Whitehouse include retail theft, driving with a criminally suspended license, violation of release conditions, eluding police, grossly negligent operation, unlawful mischief, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.

A judge set Whitehouse’s bail at $10,000.

He is currently held at Northwest Correctional Center on the new charges and existing warrants.

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