Man faces felony charge for destroying GPS tracker – Case Detail #14
By Patrick Mcardle Staff Writer Oct 8, 2018
A Grove Street man is facing a felony charge after police said he confessed to destroying a GPS tracker he had been forced to wear.
Randy A. Babcock II, 25, of Rutland, pleaded not guilty on Monday in Rutland criminal court to a felony charge of unlawful mischief resulting in damage worth more than $1,000.
No bail was placed on Babcock but he will be held by the Vermont Department of Corrections until the case is resolved.
Babcock was not under the supervision of the corrections department at the time of the incident.
An affidavit prepared by Officer Justin Hanson, a probation and parole officer, said Babcock reported to the Rutland office on June 5.
He had been ordered to be placed on GPS monitoring as a sanction from the Rutland County Treatment Court.
Hanson said he put a GPS tracker on Babcock the same day and informed him about the rules of the monitoring program.
By June 21, the GPS tracker was powerless. Hanson said the GPS had not been charged.
However, on the same day, Hanson said he learned the treatment court had issued a warrant for Babcock’s arrest.
When Babcock was arrested on July 7, he did not have the GPS tracker attached.
Hanson said he tried to find the GPS trackerbut learned that Babcock had told a caseworker at the Rutland jail that he didn’t know where it was and that it had “probably been discarded as trash.”
There are two affidavits filed in the case, one from Hanson and one from Sgt. Charles Whitehead of the Rutland City Police Department. Neither provides any information about how Babcock removed the GPS tracker.
Hanson’s affidavit said the device is worth $1,200.
During Babcock’s arraignment on Monday, attorney Christoper Davis, who represented Babcock, said his client had hoped to resolve the case on Monday. If that wasn’t possible, Davis suggested scheduling a change of plea hearing in about two weeks.
However, Judge Thomas Zonay said he didn’t want to reach an agreement without hearing from staff with the Vermont Department of Corrections.
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