June 15, 2021

Valley News – White River Junction man accused in two break-ins while out on bail

Valley News - White River Junction man accused in two break-ins while out on bail

Published: 6/15/2021 9:47:13 PM

Modified: 6/15/2021 9:47:16 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — A White River Junction man has been accused of breaking into a business in Bradford and a house in West Lebanon over the weekend while he was out on bail on other charges, according to court documents.

Michael Fleming, 38, was initially cited with felony burglary on Saturday morning after police received a call about a man acting erratically on Main Street in Bradford and arrived to find Fleming standing outside Thomson Fuels, according to a news release from the Bradford Police Department.

Shortly after the call, the owners of the fuel business found out that someone had broken in, “ransacked” the office and destroyed equipment. Bradford police linked Fleming to the incident and issued a citation for him to appear in Orange Superior Court in July, the release said.

On Sunday, a woman in West Lebanon called police around 2:40 p.m. saying a bald man with tattoos was trying to break into her home on North Main Street, according to an affidavit written by Lebanon Police Sgt. Amy Jerome. As police were investigating the area, a man flagged them down saying someone had broken into his home, which was also on North Main Street.

Police found Fleming leaving the second house and took him into custody, the affidavit said. During questioning, Fleming told them that his family owns both homes, though the resident of the second home said he had never seen Fleming before, the affidavit said.

Fleming was ordered held on preventive detention and remained in the Grafton County House of Corrections on Tuesday, according to the jail.

During the alleged break-ins Fleming, was out of jail on bail, awaiting the resolution of three cases in Grafton County Superior Court, according to court documents.

In the first case, Fleming was charged with theft and forgery for allegedly cashing a check that belonged to a Lebanon city employee in June 2020, according to court documents. He was released on personal recognizance, according to a bail order.

Then in August 2020, Lebanon police charged Fleming with criminal threatening and theft after he allegedly went to the home of a woman he knows, threatened her with a knife and stole her cellphone while she hid in the bathroom, according to court documents.

He pleaded not guilty in Grafton Superior Court and was ordered released on personal recognizance, according to a case summary.

In the third case, Fleming was charged with assault, domestic violence and resisting arrest in November after he was accused of hitting a woman he knows and then slapping a Lebanon police officer when they came to investigate, according to court documents. He was released on bail conditions and indicted on charges of criminal threatening and simple assault in January, according to court documents.

Anna Merriman can be reached at amerriman@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.

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