Police Reports 04/14/2021

Hardwick Police

Media Log Summary

April 5: VIN verification, Vt. Rte. 16; Threats/Harassment, South Main St.; Safety Hazard, Evergreen Manor Dr.

April 6: Directed Patrol, S. Main St.; Traffic Stop, Vt. Rte. 16; Traffic Stop, Vt. Rte. 14/Vt. Rte. 15; Alarm, N. Main St.; Animal Problem, Church St.; Suspicious Event, Mackville Rd.; Vandalism, Ward Hill d.; Suspicious Event, Vt. Rte. 14

April 7: VIN Verification, High St.

April 8: Foot Patrol, S. Main St.; Traffic Stop, High St.; Traffic Stop, W. Church St.; Traffic Stop, S. Main St./Lower Cherry St.; Traffic Stop, Wolcott St.; Assist – Agency, High St.; Traffic Stop, Mill St..; Traffic Stop, S. Main St.; Traffic Stop, Wolcott St.; Suspicious Event, W. Church St.; Suspicious Event, Main St.; Traffic Stop, Mill St.; Suspicious Event, S. Main St.

April 9: Directed Patrol, S. Main St.; Suspicious Event, Main St.; Medical, Main St.; Threats/Harassment, Highland Ave.; DUI, Vt. Rte. 15W; ATV Incident, Mill St.; Suspicious Event, Vt. Rte. 16.

April 10: Assist – Other, Wolcott St.; Assist – Other, Wolcott St.; Assault, Vt. Rte. 14S; Medical, Vt. Rte. 16; Welfare Check, Cooper Brook Dr.; Assist – Motorist, Vt. Rte. 15/McAllister Farm Rd.

April 11: Suspicious Event, Vt. Rte. 16; Fire, Hillside St.; Suspicious Event, Granite St.; Suspicious Event, Evergreen Manor Dr.; Assist – Motorist, Vt. Rte. 16/Bailey Hazen Rd.; Assist – Agency, Mackville Rd.; Traffic Stop, Dimick Rd.

DUI, Citizen Dispute, No Registration for ATV

On April 6, at 1:35 a.m., Melissa Farnham, of E. Hardwick, was stopped on Rte 16. Police issued a $230 ticket for Cell Phone Use.

On April 8, at 8:40 a.m., Alain Fradette, of E. Hardwick, was stopped on High St. Police issued a $139 ticket for Signals Required.

On April 9, at 8:05 p.m., Dominic Bell, of Cabot, was stopped on Mill St. Police issued a $162 ticket for No Registration, ATV.

On April 9, at 4:40 p.m., police received a report of a male passed out in a pickup truck beside the Tops Store. Michael Deering, of Hardwick, was screened and subsequently processed for DUI II. He was cited and released.

On April 10, at 2:10 p.m., Officers Gagnon and Stacey responded to a reported citizen dispute. They arrived on scene and met with a male victim who stated he was assaulted by two females. Immediately after arrival, two cars pulled in, one with three males and the other with two females. The males were attempting to get to the male victim. They were stating that he had punched one of the females. He had stated that they attacked him first. One of the males went for a gun and so did the victim. Officers Gagnon and Stacey diffused the situation and the investigation is continuing.

On April 12, at 10:12 a.m., Forest S. Foster, of Hardwick, was stopped on Dimick Road. Police issued a $162 ticket for No Insurance.

This report is based on information provided by the Hardwick Police Department but is not a full accounting of police activity. Persons named in this report are presumed to be innocent unless they plead or are found guilty in court.

This report is based on information provided by the Hardwick Police but is not a full accounting of police activity. Persons named in this report are presumed to be innocent until they plead or are found guilty in court.

State Police

Police Seek Help Locating Assault Suspect

The Vermont State Police is investigating an assault that occurred Friday evening April 9 in Marshfield and troopers are searching for the suspect.

Harley Breer

The alleged perpetrator is identified as Harley Breer, who lives on Folsom Hill Road in Marshfield near the location of the assault. Breer was on probation at the time of the incident for underlying charges of kidnapping and first-degree aggravated domestic assault. Breer is believed to have removed his ankle monitor and fled the area following the assault in which a neighbor was struck and injured. State Police are withholding the name of the victim at this time due to safety concerns.

Breer’s current whereabouts are unknown, although he does have ties to the Marshfield and Plainfield areas. He is a white man, about 6 feet tall, weighing 170-180 pounds, with close-cropped blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, blue jeans with a studded belt, and a baseball cap.

Breer is potentially dangerous. If members of the public see Breer, they should not approach him and instead immediately call 911; the Vermont State Police in Middlesex at 802-229-9191; or their nearest police department. Anonymous tips also may be submitted online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

Update on Saturday, April 10 at 3:10 a.m.

State troopers searching for assault suspect Harley Breer are investigating a missing person case that might be related.

Police have learned that Theron Prescott III, who lives on Folsom Hill Road in Marshfield near Breer’s residence, told a friend who lives on the road that he planned to walk the short distance to her house around 7 p.m. Friday, April 9. He never arrived, and after several short phone conversations between the two, Prescott stopped responding to calls and messages. His whereabouts and the reason for his disappearance are currently unknown.

Prescott owns a blue 2016 Ford Focus that matches the description of a vehicle in which Breer might have been seen in the passenger seat at about 7:15 p.m. Friday in Marshfield village headed toward Barre on U.S. Route 2. Prescott’s vehicle has Vermont registration HAM 437.

Prescott is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last known to be wearing a dark blue Dallas Cowboys sweatshirt, gray and black shorts, and either black sneakers or green Crocs.

Anyone who sees Prescott, Breer or the vehicle in question should immediately call police.

Meanwhile, the court has issued a warrant for Breer’s arrest on charges of first degree aggravated domestic assault and resisting arrest, with a bail amount set at $100,000.

The Vermont State Police Field Force and Criminal divisions are actively investigating the case and urge anyone with information to call the Middlesex Barracks at 802-229-9191 or provide an anonymous tip online.

No further information is currently available. Updates will be provided as the investigation continues.

Update on Saturday, April 10 at 9:35 a.m.

On Saturday morning, the Vermont State Police were notified that Theron Prescott III had returned home with his vehicle. Troopers spoke with Prescott and verified that he was safe and unharmed. The extent to which his disappearance related to the situation involving Harley Breer remains under investigation.

As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, Breer remains at large. The police investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information continues to be asked to call police or provide an anonymous tip online.

No further details are available, and updates will continue to be provided as the investigation continues.

Update on Saturday, April 10 at 2:55 p.m.

The search is continuing Saturday for Harley Breer, of Marshfield in connection with the assault of a neighbor on Folsom Hill Road that occurred on Friday evening. Multiple assets from the Field Force and Criminal divisions of the state police are involved in this extensive effort.

Breer was last seen at about 6 p.m. Friday near his residence on Folsom Hill Road. Police also received a report that he was a passenger in a vehicle on U.S. 2 in Marshfield village that was traveling toward Barre at about 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Breer has a lengthy and violent criminal history, including convictions for kidnapping and aggravated domestic assault. He was on furlough and under the supervision of the Vermont Department of Corrections and is believed to have removed his ankle monitor before fleeing on Friday night. His whereabouts remain unknown.

There is an active warrant for Breer’s arrest on $100,000 bail on charges of first degree aggravated domestic assault and resisting arrest.

Members of the public should consider Breer to be dangerous and not approach him if seen. Instead, immediately call 911. Anyone with other tips or information that might assist the search is asked to call the Middlesex Barracks at 802-229-9191, or leave an anonymous tip via the Vermont State Police website by visiting https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

The state police will continue to provide updates as the investigation proceeds.

As of 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Harley Breer remains at large. The police effort to locate him will remain ongoing and active overnight. 

The Vermont State Police continues to advise members of the public to use caution and call law enforcement immediately if they see Breer or have any information that might assist the investigation.

No further information is available. State Police will continue providing updates throughout the search.

This report is based on information provided by the Vermont State Police but is not a full accounting of police activity. Persons named in this report are presumed to be innocent until they plead or are found guilty in court.

St. Johnsbury Police

DUI

On April 9, at approximately 1:10 a.m., St. Johnsbury Police located a running vehicle blocking the intersection of Town Garage Road at Western Avenue. Upon approach to the vehicle, they found the operator sleeping. When the operator, later identified as Joseph Breer, of Plainfield, was awakened he attempted to drive away. Breer was removed from the vehicle and found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the Police Department and processed for DUI. He has a court date of April 26 at 8:30 a.m.

This report is based on information provided by the St. Johnsbury Police but is not a full accounting of police activity. Persons named in this report are presumed to be innocent until they plead or are found guilty in court.

AWARE Report

HARDWICK – AWARE served 9 survivors of domestic and sexual violence from March 21 to April 4. AWARE is a nonprofit organization, established in 1984, dedicated to resolving the causes and effects of domestic violence and sexual assault in the greater Hardwick area.

The 24-hour hotline is 802-472-6463.