BENNINGTON -- With approximately 470 feet of extension cord running across four lanes of traffic and through a large parking lot to an electric drill, four individuals were arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly trying to steal the green and red chili pepper logo from the top of Chili's Restaurant on Northside Drive in Bennington.
After the restaurant alarm was activated around 4:30 a.m., police arrived to find Asher Woodworth, 23, of North Bennington on top of the Chili's roof after allegedly removing the bolts that secured the chili to the roof with a hacksaw and power drill.
Three women police said were keeping a lookout were also arrested, after police found two hiding in bushes and another running from the scene.
"There was definitely some thought put into this," said Bennington police Sgt. Camillo Grande. "They had wrapped a bandana around the place where two of (the extension) cords hooked together so passing motorists wouldn't see the lights."
Along with Woodworth, Susan Michet, 22, of North Bennington, Claire Davis, 22, of Lee, Mass., and Sophia Giordano, 22, of Williamstown, Mass., were all arrested for attempted grand larceny and released to appear in court on September 29.
When police talked to the four, they revealed they started the project of removing the logo at about 2:30 and had to go back for more extension cords because they didn't have enough, Grande said.
Grande said the four admitted that a friend of Woodworth's wanted the logo.
Police said Chili's representatives estimated the cost of the logo to be $8,000.
"They really did some damage," Grande said. "The bracket that held the pepper in place will need to be replaced."
Police said the drill was plugged into an outlet near Home Depot and was stretched through the parking lot and across North Bennington Road up to the roof of Chili's on Hannaford Square.
Bennington Rural Fire Department assisted officers in collection of evidence from the roof of the restaurant.
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