West Burke man accused of poaching deer

Timothy Roberts

WEST BURKE, Vt. (WCAX) A West Burke man is in trouble for allegedly poaching deer.

Timothy Roberts, 60, was arrested Oct. 25 after a tip that a man was searching a field with a flashlight, drove across a field and loaded a deer into a pickup. The tipster was able to give a detailed description of the truck, which led game wardens to Roberts.

He's charged with taking big game out of season, possessing big game illegally, failure to tag and trespass by motor vehicle. If convicted, he faces up to 60 days in jail and $2,400 in fines. He could also be ordered to pay restitution of up to $2,000 and he could be banned from hunting, fishing and trapping in Vermont and most other states for three years.

Fish and Wildlife officials say Roberts has multiple felony convictions dating back to 1995, including domestic and aggravated assault, fraud and obstruction of justice.