RICHFORD, Vt. — A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Richford, Vt., Station arrested Tanner Hart, 22, during a burglary attempt at a Richford residence on May 11.
The Border Patrol agent turned Hart over to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy. The Sheriff’s Office is charging him with burglary and unlawful trespass in an occupied dwelling.
“This is a great example of our integration with our state and local law enforcement partners to help keep our communities safe,” said Patrol Agent in Charge Terrance Kranz. “I commend my agents for rapidly responding to this and other safety and security situations in the communities we serve along the border, and for ensuring the safety of fellow law enforcement officers who oftentimes work independently in remote areas.”
At approximately 12:50 p.m., the Swanton Border Patrol Sector’s Tactical Operations Communication Center received a request for assistance from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a burglary in progress at a home in Richford. The intruder was reportedly still in the residence and struggling with the homeowner to escape.
A Border Patrol agent arrived and took Hart into custody. Soon after, a Franklin County deputy sheriff arrived. Authorities found on Hart a debit card and pay stubs belonging to the homeowner. Authorities also allegedly found a ring in a jewelry box that did not belong to the homeowner.
One of the objectives of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Strategic Plan is to engage the public to assist us in securing America’s borders. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity in the border area to the U.S. Border Patrol at 1-800-689-3362.
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