Police make arrest in Lake Champlain ferry theft

A former Vermonter is facing a petty larceny charge in New York State in connection with the theft of money from a Lake Champlain Transportation ferry running, according to authorities.

Travis M. Griggs, 35, now of Willsboro, N.Y. is due in criminal court in Essex County, N.Y. on April 16 following a joint investigation by New York and Vermont State Police, officials said.

Money was taken from the cash drawer on the ferry at about 3 p.m. March 20, Vermont State Police Sgt. Mike Kamerling said. The initial report was the theft happened shortly after the ferry left Charlotte for Essex, N.Y., police said. Further investigation revealed the ferry was en route back to the Vermont side from Essex, N.Y. when the cash register was left unattended in the lounge of the vessel, Kamerling said.

New York State Trooper Emily March picked up the investigation and eventually leads pinpointed Griggs, police said.

On March 28, New York State Police made contact with Griggs after members of the ferry staff saw him on board the ferry headed from Vermont to New York state, police said. Ferry staff recognized Griggs as also having been on the ferry on March 20, the date of the theft.

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