KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- The second man accused of stealing $31,000 in equipment from a local cable access television station, as well as from other local businesses, pleaded not guilty to multiple felonies Monday in Vermont Superior Court.
Merlin Merrow, 27, pleaded not guilty to seven counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary, and one count of possession of stolen property. He was ordered not to have contact with Joshua D. Mylott, 23, of Observatory Street, who in July pleaded not guilty to nine counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary, possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools.
$31,000 in equipment
According to Bennington Police, Merrow and Mylott are suspected to have committed a number of burglaries in the Bennington area over the summer. In mid-July, police investigated a burglary into Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) where $31,000 in computers, screens, and television cameras was reported missing. Police said they were able to tie Mylott and Merrow to the burglary, as well to thefts and attempted break-ins reported at Allied Auto Parts, Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza, Oma’s Cafe, Sunny Side Diner, Apollo Fuels, and a number of dentistry offices.
Both Mylott and Merrow are incarcerated. Merrow had already been in jail after his furlough was revoked on other matters.
In August, police arrested George A. Mannoia, 36, of Branch Street. He pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of possession of stolen property. Bennington Police said they recovered television cameras identified by CAT-TV employees as the ones taken from their building on Main Street.
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