Tipster leads police to charge Shelburne man with unlawful possession of a firearm


A Shelburne man has pleaded not guilty in state court to a misdemeanor firearms charge following his arrest at a South Burlington apartment.

Edgar E. Rogers, age 58, of Shelburne, was charged with firearm possession prohibition, according to court records. Police said Rogers had a prior felony conviction that prohibited him from having a firearm under state law.

South Burlington Police arrested Rogers on Dec. 16 after receiving an anonymous tip. According to a press release, police received a call at 8:17 a.m. from an individual who directed police to the Beacon Apartments at 1200 Shelburne Road in South Burlington.

Police said the report stated there were two men at an apartment who were convicted felons and one had a gun. When police arrived, they said only Rogers was present. Police said they told him why they were there and that he cooperated.

“Rogers admitted to having possessed a 9 mm handgun,” the police statement read. “This firearm was located inside the room described by the anonymous caller and was taken into police custody as evidence.”

Police Chief Shawn Burke said Rogers has a criminal record that includes an out-of-state felony weapons conviction. South Burlington Police also have consulted with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about the case, Burke said.

Rogers was released with a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court Dec. 17. At his arraignment, he entered a not guilty plea. He was released on conditions including that he not have any firearms, and he was granted a public defender. A court date was set for Jan. 16 in the case.

Mike Donoghue contributed to this report.

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