LOWELL – Residents once again Monday night took on the issue of crime in Lowell.
For the past several months, numerous residents have been victims of burglaries. On Town Meeting Day, residents rejected the appropriation requested for law enforcement coverage by the Orleans County Sheriff Department, which means the department no longer serves the town. Voters will have an opportunity to reconsider their decision May 7. Until then, town officials and residents are looking for answers from the Vermont State Police.
Lt. Kirk Cooper, commander of the Derby Barracks, who pulled statistics for Lowell from July 1, 2012 until now, said 11 burglaries and 11 thefts have been reported to the state police.
The number doesn't count the cases the sheriff's department received up until it stopped patrolling in town and it also doesn't count the unreported thefts or unreported burglaries. Cooper said the state police are working on cases but would not get into details of the investigations.
For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 11, 2013.