BENNINGTON -- Police said they arrested a man for entering a home that was for sale after he was told once before not to be on the property.
Anthony Morabito, 52, pleaded not guilty to unlawful trespass of an occupied residence and was released on conditions that he check in at the Bennington Police Department every Tuesday and not go to 236 Benmont Ave. A competency evaluation was also ordered.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Thomas Bull, on April 5, at 4:50 p.m. he went to 236 Benmont Ave., where it was reported that a male known as "Antonio" was walking around the building. Bull said a basement window was open and two boxes along with a stereo were on the porch. Apparently hidden nearby in some pine trees was a shopping cart. Bull said according to a neighbor the man had left but the neighbor would call if he returned.
Bull said he came back 10 minutes later and found Morabito, who he identified as the man who had been seen, on the back porch. He told Morabito the owner of the building, who was away, had called police and said he did not have permission to be there. Morabito left with the shopping cart and items on the porch.
Almost an hour later Bull went back for a report that Morabito had entered the home. Morabito came to the front door and said he had permission to be there because he was intending to purchase the home and that his brother was a millionaire.
Bull said the building’s owner reported that Morabito had called the number on the "for sale" sign in front of the building but did not have permission to be inside.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.