St. Johnsbury man who is accused of multiple thefts of counter-top tip jars and was  arrested over the weekend for alleged drug possession

A St. Johnsbury man who is accused of multiple thefts of counter-top tip jars and was  arrested over the weekend for alleged drug possession and impersonating an officer was a no-show at court on Monday. Nicolas Balch, 42, was supposed to appear in court to answer for the most recent accusation of a tip jar theft at Eastern and Main Market-Deli and for new charges from Saturday for possession of fentanyl, possession of cocaine, impersonating a police officer, violation of conditions of release, and disorderly conduct. He didn’t make it to court and an arrest warrant with a bail figure of $500 was ordered by Judge Justin Jiron. The allegations from Saturday were reported by St. Johnsbury Police Officer George Johnson. He noted that he responded to a complaint made from an Eastern Avenue apartment resident on Saturday a few minutes before 5 a.m. “I responded to a residence on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury as the victim was reporting a male was trying to break into his apartment to use it as a place to ‘Smoke Crack,’” the police report states. Officer Johnson said he found Balch in the hallway outside the complainant’s apartment and Balch was “heavily impaired by drugs.” The officer was told by the complainant that Balch had been trying to get into the apartment for over two hours and on his first attempt, he banged on the apartment door and claimed he was a St. Johnsbury Police officer. After he was arrested, noted Officer Johnson, cocaine and heroin were found in Balch’s possession. In court on Monday when Balch didn’t appear, Deputy State’s Attorney Tom Paul asked for $200 bail in the case of the tip jar theft from Eastern and Main Market-Deli and another $200 in bail for an earlier charge of violating a court order. As for the new charges, Paul communicated a possible felony charge of drug trafficking and asked for another $10,000 in bail. Judge Jiron denied that high bail request, citing Balch’s limited financial means and suggesting that it’s more likely that the drugs found on Balch were for his own use and not to traffic to others. The judge set bail at $500.

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