The parking lot of the New Haven State Police barracks resembles a yard sale this week.
There's a boat and trailer, dirt-bikes, power tools, a box of penicillin and maple syrup all on display. Police say they have the markings of a thief. "I've been on the job for 13 years -- this is probably one of the larger stolen property cases that I've seen," said Vermont State Police Lt. Michael Manley.
"None of us are appraisers but I think we're looking at conservatively, looking at tens of thousands of dollars," said Vermont State Police Det. Cpl. Chris Campbell.
Investigators began untangling the thread of alleged burglaries spanning years, and multiple counties, after a Salisbury resident reported a suspicious green truck on Smead Rd. before sunrise Wednesday. Later that morning, police arrested 32-year-old Hans Rumble.
Police say the caller reported the suspicious behavior because of a previous theft at the residence. Channel 3 spoke with a neighbor who says she noticed erratic behavior out of her dog that morning but thought nothing of it. Another spoke with Rumble after he knocked on the door, dressed in camouflage, and claiming to be out of gas.
Rumble had several outstanding warrants and investigators found opiates and stolen property in his car. Vergennes Police searched his home while state police checked out various storage lockers uncovering the rest.
"This case started out as a suspicious vehicle beside the road and this is what it snowballed into, so it's very important for the community to be involved and to call us when they see suspicious activity," Lt. Manley said.
Police say it's unclear whether Rumble stole for cash to feed a drug habit or if he worked alone, but they say they still have a lot of evidence to sort through.
Rumble's rap sheet is extensive. Police say they caught Rumble in an online sting this summer when he tried to sell a stolen boat motor on Craigslist, but they didn't stumble upon the rest of the goods at that time.
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