The small town of Royalton was rattled last week when longtime police officer and acting chief, John Breault resigned from the force after nine years on the job.
“I had spoken to him the day before, he seemed business as usual,” said Larry Trottier, Royalton Selectboard Chair.
Trottier says he received Breault’s letter on Monday via email which said it was for personal reasons, although surprised the board accepted his resignation the following day. But it was the day after that left town leaders taken aback.
Trottier said, “The FBI came last Wednesday probably around noon time… We had no idea of any need of the FBI and they asked to go into the police department.”
Trottier says he and his colleagues gave the agents permission to search the evidence locker where inventory was taken along with photographs. Trottier says there was not a warrant presented to him at the time.
“It was my opinion at the time and the spur of the moment that we really have nothing to hide, we had no information that led to anything so why not cooperate and allow them to do their jobs,” explained Trottier.
This all occurred one day after Breault’s resignation. Town officials say they’re still waiting on answers as to whether or not the two are connected.
Trottier said, “We have nothing from any organization state police, FBI or any other organization there has been scuttlebutt but nothing official.”
With Breault’s resignation, the department is left with only one part-time officer who only works weekends.
“He’s given a little extra time given the situation but we have also contacted the state police who are going to take care of the serious things,” said Trottier.
Local 22 & Local 44 News were unable to locate Breault for comment. An FBI spokeswoman tells us Justice Department Policies do not allow them to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.