Theft reported from Bill Wilson House

DORSET --Vermont State Police are investigating the reported theft of about $930 from the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson.

On Thursday around 3 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a reported theft from the Wilson House. An employee told them that someone had stolen approximately $930 out of the donation box over a span of a month and a half, police said.

Police said it was discovered that the suspect was removing the screws that held the top of the lock box on and replacing them after taking the money to remain undetected over the span of time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or text "CRIMES" (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

-- Mark E. Rondeau State Police report possible phone scam

STAMFORD -- Vermont State Police report that a phone scame may be targeting the elderly.

On Thursday, the police received a report from an elderly woman in Stamford who reported receiving a telephone call from a man claiming to be from Publishers Clearinghouse, police said.

According to police, the caller told the woman that in order to "unlock" and otherwise make her winnings available, she needed to send money to an address in California. Recognizing this was a scam, she reported it to the state police.

Vermont State Police remind the public to be wary of any situation when there’s a request to send money, in any way, to people they don’t know. If there is doubt, one should gather as much information as possible over the phone and report this to a police department.

-- Mark E. Rondeau