BENNINGTON - Police have arrested one of two suspects in the theft of $31,000 in equipment from the local access television station, and have tied the pair to a number of other burglaries.
According to Bennington Police Officer William DiNunzio, the men used portable radios to coordinate the burglary Tuesday at Catamount Access Television. One acted as a lookout while the other entered the building, removing computers and recording equipment. DiNunzio said police recovered most, but not all, of the equipment, which included a wide assortment of computers, computer monitors, television monitors, keyboards, cables, and remotes.
Police believe the men also burglarized three dentist offices, Ramunto's restaurant, Allied Auto Parts, Apollo Fuels, Oma's Cafe Express, and Bennington Potters. In most cases, cash was stolen but items have also been reported missing. DiNunzio said some property from Allied Auto Parts has been recovered and police are working on finding what remains.
He said the items from CAT-TV were found at a home on Observatory Street, where Joshua D. Mylott, 23, lives. Mylott has been cited with one count of burglary, two felony counts of possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools. DiNunzio said Mylott will likely be held at the Rutland jail over the weekend and arraigned in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division on Monday.
Police declined to name the second suspect, as the investigation is in progress, but said he is in custody on another matter. DiNunzio said Mylott has admitted to his involvement with the CAT-TV burglary but his exact role has yet to be determined. Police declined to specify how they broke the case, but they did say a concerned citizen came to them with information after learning about the CAT-TV theft through Facebook and the Bennington Banner.
At Mylott's residence, police found gloves, a flashlight, portable radios, and a screwdriver which they said were used in the break-ins.
"I believe they've been at this for a while," said DiNunzio, adding that he believes the burglaries occurred over the past two to three months. "This shows some dedication to what they're doing. We may not agree with it, but they seem to take their work seriously."
He said he believes the businesses were targeted at random, and the work of multiple officers led to the arrest.
In June, Mylott pleaded not guilty in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to two counts of grand larceny, and one count of burglary. He was accused of stealing rings belonging to relatives. He told police he sold the rings to a local jeweler for drug money.
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