KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- The second of three people implicated in a five-year-old burglary case where $24,000 was reported stolen was arraigned Thursday in Vermont Superior Court.
Kristy Morse, 24, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of burglary. Judge Nancy Corsones imposed $5,000 bail on her, and forbid her to have contact with her co-defendants, Tiffany Thurston, 24, and Trenton McCray, also 24. Thurston pleaded not guilty to a burglary charge last month, while McCray has not been arraigned.
According to State Police, the three are believed to have been involved in taking a safe containing $24,000 and personal records from a home in Shaftsbury. The owners of the safe suspected Morse was involved because she and other people had allegedly tried to break into the home some years before. Police questioned a number of people and hit a dead end, but after the safe’s owners came up with more information, police resumed the investigation.
Thurston told police she drove McCray and Morse to the house without knowing why they were there and saw them come out with a safe. McCray told police it was Morse’s idea to take the safe, but he was not coerced into helping. Morse denied involvement and refused to speak with police when she was questioned.
According to police, the alleged victims recovered the safe on their own, but the money was gone.
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