Monday July 22, 2013

ELIZABETH CONKEY

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- Three local businesses are feeling thankful after two men, believed to have been those involved in the recent burglaries of Ramunto’s Pizza, CAT-TV and Allied Auto Parts, were arrested by Bennington Police Thursday.

"We’re just so happy this whole thing is over," said Don Burke, a parts technician at Allied Auto Parts. "Josh (Mylott) worked here for a while. I guess we really didn’t know him."

Marie Ramunto, owner of Ramunto’s Pizza on Main Street, shared Burke’s sentiment, stating, "I’m extremely happy they were caught. I hope they get what they deserve."

Ramunto says she is waiting to hear from a Victims’ Advocate professional following the June 16 robbery that resulted in the loss of three cash registers and their contents, to find out how her business will be reimbursed following the burglary.

CAT-TV suffered, possibly, the greatest amount, after having had upwards of $30,000 worth of computers and recording equipment stolen from their studios.

Lisa Byer, executive director of CAT-TV says although she can’t thank the police department enough for making speedy arrests and for all of their hard work, she continues to worry about the community’s future.

"I definitely have concerns about what’s going on in our community," she said.


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"I hope there’s something we can do to change this pattern."

Byer and her colleagues at CAT-TV are hopeful that they will have most if not all of their stolen equipment returned as soon as possible.

"The police did an extraordinary job solving this crime," said Byer. "We’re just so grateful to them but also to the community. We definitely felt their support over the past week."

Contact Elizabeth Conkey at econkey@benningtonbanner.com. Follow her on Twitter @bethconkey.