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Police investigate suspected larceny at recent fundraiser

WELLS-On April 7 at approximately, 9 p.m. The Vermont State Police is asking for the public's assistance in determining the location of a laptop computer used during a recent fundraiser at the Modern Woodsmen of America in Wells, Vt. The fundraiser was being held in support of the Section 8 Riders of New York. The Riders routinely sponsor fundraising events in the area and do so most commonly for those in need of medical treatment. In the upcoming months, they are slated to conduct an event for a 2-year-old child who needs a vest to assist him with breathing while he sleeps, and the second is for an adult male who needs surgery for a brain and spine related problem.

According to Janice Rivers, 49 of Granville, NY, the computer is used at all their fundraising events to play background music and contains thousands of songs she has accumulated over many years. She also told investigators that at the conclusion of the event, she recognized that the computer was missing and that a comprehensive search for it in the area of the Modern Woodsmen was unsuccessful in locating it.

Rivers described the computer as a black Toshiba laptop with two silver speakers. All three components were stored in a handmade cloth bag that featured numerous colored musical notes on a black background.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Tpr. McKenna with the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at