Snowmobiles, trailer stolen in Ferrisburgh

On Dec. 13, at approximately 8:55 a.m., Vermont State Police New Haven received a complaint involving the theft of a 2006 Polaris FST snowmobile, a 2006 Polaris FS Classic snowmobile, as well as a 2006 Thule snowmobile trailer. The approximate value of this stolen property was $23,000. The two snowmobiles as well as the trailer were stolen from BC Motorsports in Ferrisburgh. The theft occurred between approximately 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 8 a.m. on Dec. 12. The two snowmobiles as well as the trailer had been left outside BC Motorsports overnight unsecured. The case was subsequently assigned to Senior Trooper Andrew Leise of the New Haven Barracks. At the time of the initial complaint there were no leads available as reported by BC Motorsports. Approximately one week after the initial complaint Senior Trooper Leise obtained information through Officer Bill Wager of the Vergennes Police Department that one of the stolen snowmobiles may be being stored at a private residence in the Town of Hinesburg. Hinesburg P.D. subsequently responded to the residence with the victim as well as a BC Motorsports representative. One of the victim's stolen snowmobiles was recovered. It was discovered that a suspect in the case was storing the snowmobile at the residence. The homeowners initially had no idea the sled was stolen. Follow up investigation was conducted at the residence by Senior Trooper Leise, statements were obtained and a suspect, Lester R. Burritt of Essex Junction was developed. The suspect was subsequently interviewed at the State Police Barracks in New Haven by Senior Trooper Leise on Dec. 26. Burritt admitted to possessing the stolen snowmobile. Through follow up investigation and information from Burritt, the victims other stolen snowmobile was recovered in the Town of Charlotte at the Charlotte Elementary School. The victims stolen snowmobile trailer was located in The Town of Waterbury parked directly behind RJs Sunoco on the Waterbury Stowe Road. Vermont State Police Middlesex Trooper Daniel Trottier assisted with recovering the stolen snowmobile trailer at RJs Sunoco on Dec. 24. Lester R. Burritt of Essex Junction was subsequently charged with Possession of Stolen Property (Felony) as well as Violation of Conditions of Release. Jay W. Lestage of Hinesburg was charged with Grand Larceny. Both Burritt as well as Lestage were cited and will be required to appear in Addison District Court on Feb. 4 to answer to these charges.

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