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Police: Man Accused of Impersonating an Officer

Vermont State Police were called to a home in Georgia around 5:00 p.m. Friday night for a report of two suspicious men walking around the property.
GEORGIA, Vt. – Vermont State Police were called to a home in Georgia around 5:00 p.m. Friday night for a report of two suspicious men walking around the property.
A woman called police after she saw the pair walking and snooping around her neighbor's property on Nottingham Drive in Georgia, Vt. Police say she confronted the men who became verbally aggressive toward her. She told police one of the men started flashing a badge saying he was a police officer with a search warrant for the property and that he was going to arrest her. Once she told them she was calling police, she said they got into a gold colored SUV with yellow lights on the roof and drove off.

Vermont State Police asked law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the SUV and two men. The caller identified the two men as Brad Therrien Jr. and Mike Deforge.

Officers with the Essex Police Department found the SUV and 31-year-old Michael Deforge at his Essex, Vt., home. He was issued a citation for impersonating a police officer. The other suspect, Brad Therrien Jr., has not been found but there is an active warrant out for his arrest for an unrelated incident.

The Vermont State Police urge residents to avoid confronting suspicious persons when possible to avoid a potential violent altercation.
Police ask that residents be vigilant in watching for possible crimes in their neighborhoods, but recommend that if suspicious activity or persons are observed,call the police and write down as much detail about the activity or persons you witnessed. Examples include Vehicle Description (make, model, identifying markings, window stickers, color), Vehicle Registration, Clothing, Possible weapons or tools, Size/build of person(s), Names if known, Direction of travel.
Try to avoid conducting an investigation of the area after the persons leave as you may un intentionally destroy evidence that could be helpful in the investigation.
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