A suspected thief went to the well once too often on Aug. 5 in Derby, and was refused by store employees at a business where the suspect the previous day had purchased over $1,000 of merchandise, allegedly under false pretense. On his August 5 return trip to Poulin Lumber in Derby, Randy Buzzell, 27, of Newport was detected and refused by employees, and charged Aug. 9 with felony false pretenses. State troopers allege that on Aug. 4 Buzzell purchased over $1,000 of power tools and hand tools on the business account of Heritage Slate, a company with which he was no longer employed. He allegedly attempted another purchase on Aug. 5, only to be refused by store employees. Police developed probable cause that the stolen property was at an area residence. This residence was searched, and all the stolen items were recovered and returned to Poulin Lumber. Buzzell was cited into Court Sept. 26 on the charge of felony false pretenses. The search also led police to the discovery of 640 bags of fentanyl, about 30 grams of crack cocaine and a large amount of cash. Police estimated the street value of these narcotics at approximately $12,000. Troopers were assisted by the Newport Police Department, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept.
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