The man accused of stealing a Vermont State Police cruiser and a patrol rifle inside the vehicle was taken into custody Wednesday.

State police say troopers spotted Timothy Gabriel, 29, walking in Burlington around 4:30 p.m. He ignored commands to stop and had to be subdued by troopers, police said.

The cruiser was stolen from outside a residence in Rutland on early Tuesday. It was later found somewhere else in the city, police said. Troopers eventually recovered the stolen rifle in Southern Vermont at a pullover near Exit 3 near Arlington.

The stolen cruiser was assigned to Cpl. Christopher Loyzelle of the Rutland Barracks. Investigators are continuing to examine the circumstances surrounding the theft, police said.

Gabriel appeared in federal court Thursday charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The judge ordered Gabriel be held without bail pending further proceedings

If convicted, Gabriel faces up to 15 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Rutland Barracks at 802-773-9101 or provide an anonymous tip online at