For Kyle Yandow, 43, the trip home for
the holidays ended in a St. Albans courtroom. Friday, he denied allegations
that he stole a car, committed retail theft, fled from officers and resisted
arrest. His daughter, Harley Yandow, 21, faces similar charges in Chittenden
County. Her 18-year-old brother, Gunnar, has not been charged... yet.
The investigation into the family
began at the Tractor Supply Company in Swanton. The Yandows allegedly walked
out with a shopping cart's-worth of goods.
But a day later an off-duty trooper
spotted the getaway car, later determined to be stolen in Arizona, where Kyle
and Harley have been living.
"Mr. Yandow decided to run away,
start the car and take off on the trooper, but as he learned, you can't outrun
a radio," Franklin County Prosecutor Jim Hughes said.
Police say Yandow sped through
residential neighborhoods, reaching 90 mph, until six troopers intercepted
them. Investigators found the stolen merchandise inside the car, but they never
expected what they found in the trunk: a power gas siphoning device feeding two
"Although there's no charge
pending for this yet, that Mr.
Yandow would park over a quick stop gas tank where the trucks would fill the
underground tank... lower the hose into the tank," Hughes said. "It's
new and pretty ingenious."
But a warning to anyone considering
copying the idea: Hughes is sharing the word about the new technique with other
jurisdictions. If ending up on Santa's naughty list wasn't enough of a
deterrent, a mug shot Christmas card might be.
Kyle Yandow has not been
charged for gas theft as investigators work to determine when and where he
drained gas stations. His son, Gunnar, will have his first court appearance
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