BENNINGTON -- A dispute over tractor parts had led to a Williamstown, Mass., man being charged with burglary.
Daniel Galusha, 42, pleaded not guilty to burglary, and grand larceny Monday in Vermont Superior Court. He was released under the condition he not speak to Robert Holden.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer James A. Gulley Jr., on March 27 he spoke to Holden, owner of Holden Cattle Company LLC. Gulley wrote that the cattle company was issued a writ replevin in February by a court. Such a writ is issued to recover personal property wrongfully taken. The writ allowed Salem Farm Supply to seize a number of pieces of farm equipment. Those items were sold to Galusha on March 18 except for a "Case IH four row Corn Planter" which was left in Holden's farm shop along with some hand tools.
Gulley wrote that according to the writ of replevin, Galusha had the right to take the corn planter and the hand tools.
Holden called police because on March 27 he saw Galusha and another male enter his farm shop twice and leave with some items. According to Holden, the corn row planter had not been moved, but he was missing a "1000 PTO shaft with collar," valued at $750, a "mold board for a Case/IH," valued at $100, a "frog" also known as a "triangle plow" worth $4,000, and a "case/IH Earlier Riser corn planter monitor" worth $2,500.
Holden told police that he called Galusha about this and was told by Galusha that he spoke to Guy Clark, who Galusha said owned the Holden Farm and gave him permission to take the items. Holden told Galusha to return the items or he would go to police.
With Holden during the police interview was his friend Peter Buckley, who said he had parked a tractor at the farm that came with a number of weights worth $1,250. He discovered these were missing on March 27.
Galusha told police he and another male, who he would not identify, went to the farm shop to get parts for the corn planter. He acknowledged he should not have been in the farm shop, but believed he had permission to take items from the farm's owner, who he believed was Clark.
According to Gulley, Gail M. Holden was the owner of the farm and on March 27 said she spoke to Clark and said Clark denied making those statements to Galusha.
In an attempt to end the matter, Galusha asked police if returning the items or replacing them would satisfy Robert Holden. Gulley said Holden was now adamant that charges be brought.
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