BENNINGTON -- An Observatory Street man who police accused of breaking into a local public access television station and other businesses last summer, along with another man, was sentenced to a largely suspended jail term on Wednesday.
Joshua D. Mylott, 24, was given a four- to 10-year sentence, all suspended except for 10 months to serve. He had pleaded guilty in March to three counts of burglary, and one count of grand larceny. The state dismissed six counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, two counts of possession of stolen property, and another count of grand larceny.
He was placed on probation, and according to court documents his probation officer can restrict who he associates with, where he works, and where he goes. He must also participate in drug screening, rehabilitation, and treatment at the direction of the officer.
According to Bennington Police, on July 17 they investigated a burglary at Catamount Access Television, 625 Main St., where it was reported $31,000 in equipment, including video cameras, was stolen. Police publicized the incident through Facebook and were tipped off that Mylott was involved. Their investigation led them to a number of other burglaries and attempted burglaries into businesses around Bennington. Police said Merlin J. Merrow, 27, was also involved.
Court records show that Merrow pleaded guilty on Jan. 10 to four counts of burglary. He has yet to be sentenced. The state has filed against him a total of seven counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary, and one for possession of stolen property.
Police recovered the CAT-TV property from George A. Mannoia, 37, of North Branch Street. He was convicted by a jury in March of two felony counts of possession of stolen property. He was found to be a habitual offender, meaning the state can argue for him to serve up to life in prison at a sentencing hearing.
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