BENNINGTON -- A Morgan Street man is facing a felony charge after police said he took a chainsaw and a copy of the 1988 film "Beetlejuice" from a home he claimed he thought was abandoned.
Christopher M. Main, 51, pleaded not guilty Friday in Vermont Superior Court to burglary and a misdemeanor county of possession of stolen property. He was released after posting $2,500 deposit on a $25,000 bail bond and must abide by conditions set by the court as well existing federal probation conditions. It was not clear why he is on federal probation.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Amanda Thompson, on April 10 a woman on Sawmill Road called police to say someone had taken items from her shed and driven off in a green Subaru hatchback.
The vehicle was found on Imperial Avenue and stopped by Thompson, who noticed a chainsaw and a white-topped box in the back. The driver was Main and he had a female passenger with him.
Main said he had been out driving around, and had apologized to a woman for being on her property because he thought it abandoned.
He denied taking anything, but then Thompson heard from a dispatcher the items reported missing were a chainsaw and a white-topped box containing the movie "Beetlejuice" and an extension cord. When told he was being accused of burglary, Main said the items had not been in a shed.
The woman who called police said she had come home to find a green Subaru in her driveway. A man told her he thought the place was abandoned, and left while she went around her shed to see the box and chainsaw. While she was calling police, the car came back. By the time she was outside again, the car was gone, as was her chainsaw and box of items.
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