Police seeking to arrest Jacob McAllister
SPRINGFIELD, VT - Police say heroin addiction was behind a string of commercial burglaries that took place along Route 5 last month in the towns of Westminster, Putney and Brattleboro and on Wednesday they identified a Springfield couple as their suspects in the spree.
Chelsea Ovaitte, 22, of Springfield was arrested Wednesday but police said that her boyfriend and alleged accomplice, Jacob McAllister, is still actively being sought by authorities.
"A significant amount of money obtained during the burglaries was used to support Ovaitte's heroin addiction," Detective Corporal Brian Berry wrote in a press release which said the break in the cases came as part of a collaborative effort between the Vermont State Police, the police departments in Bellows Falls and Brattleboro and the Windham County Sheriff's Office.
Oviatte has been lodged at the Springfield jail for lack of $2,500 bail and is due in court Thursday in Brattleboro for formal arraignment on several burglary related charges.
"The investigation revealed that Ovaitte committed these burglaries with her boyfriend, Jacob Mcallister, who also supported his heroin addiction with the money that was stolen," Detective Berry wrote, adding that "If anyone has any information as to his current whereabouts they are asked to contact the Westminster State Police Barracks at (802) 722-4663."
Oviatte at her arraignment for heroin trafficking in January in White River Junction
Ovaitte was already in serious trouble, having been charged with heroin trafficking back in January of this year as the result of the seizure of a car belonging to her previous boyfriend which took place last September in downtown Springfield.
Prior to her arrest this week, Ovaitte had already been facing a potential penalty of up to 30-years in prison in connection with the 186 bags of heroin that Springfield Police say they found in September under the passenger seat of the car where she was sitting during what began as a routine traffic stop for a missing front license plate.
Ovaitte’s boyfriend at the time, Francesco “Brisco” Escribano, the driver of the car, was not charged in connection with the September drug seizure; however, he was sentenced to three years in jail back in 2014 when he was convicted of three felony counts of selling and delivering heroin and cocaine in the Springfield area.
Ovaitte, who was incarcerated in Massachusetts late last year, pleaded innocent to the single felony charge in January at the Windsor County Courthouse in downtown White River Junction where she was released on pre-trial conditions after she signed for a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond.
Ovaitte’s criminal record in Vermont consists of three convictions over the past four years for misdemeanor disorderly conducts.
Chelsea Oviatte, 22, of Springfield is expected to face numerous burglary charges in Windham County Court
The article about Jacob McAllister's arrest two days later can be found here:
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