Crime spree loops through Upper Valley and results in arrest of two men in Cornish

HARTFORD - Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning in Cornish following a series of crimes that were committed overnight in White River Junction, Lebanon, Windsor and possibly other area towns.

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    Hartford Police Chief Philip Kasten announced Tuesday that a warrant is being sought by Vermont authorities for the extradition of Nickolas Kempton, 22, of Manchester, New Hampshire in an effort to charge him with larceny from a person.

     Chief Kasten said that shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning Kempton entered the Station Market, which is also the Greyhound bus station located at 18 Sykes Mountain Avenue in White River Junction, and purchased a single cigar.

    As the clerk opened the cash drawer to complete the transaction, Kempton allegedly lunged over the counter and forcibly grabbed money out of the register.  Kempton then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and got into the passenger side of a waiting vehicle.

    Police subsequently determined that the vehicle had been reported as stolen from Lebanon about an hour earlier.

     Just prior to 2 a.m., a police officer in Windsor spotted the stolen vehicle at the Cumberland Farms in Windsor.  When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it took off and fled into New Hampshire.
    
    A short time later, the vehicle was located in Cornish where New Hampshire authorities successfully took Kempton into custody along with the driver who was identified as Nickolas Kemp, 20, of Newport, New Hampshire.
 
    Kempton is currently being held in New Hampshire for violating his probation as a result of this incident.

    Kempton is expected to be charged as a fugitive from Vermont and an extradition hearing seeking his return to the Green Mountain State to face charges will be held on Wednesday.

    Police from Lebanon, Hartford, Windsor and Cornish assisted in the investigation as did New Hampshire State Police troopers.
    Chief Kasten said the investigation is on-going and further charges may be forthcoming.
 



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