Criminal court roundup

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BENNINGTON >> The following cases were recently heard in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit.

Employee accused of burglarizing Kevin's Sports Pub

Tami L Dudley, 34, of North Bennington, pleaded not guilty Oct. 17 to a felony count of burglary. She was released without bail and under the condition she not go to Kevin's Sports Pub and Restaurant.

According to Bennington Police, on Aug. 31 they responded to a complaint from Kevin's Sports Pub in North Bennington. The owners said an employee, who lives in an apartment above the pub, entered an office and stole money. They had, on surveillance tape, images of a person in a white, hooded shirt going through an office after hours using their cell phone as a flashlight. The owners and a manager identified the person as Dudley.

Dudley was shown the tape and at first said she was somewhere else. She then became upset admitted to stealing $320 so she could buy clothes for her children.

Dunkin' Donuts employee accused of embezzling $4,449

Nathaniel Smith, 19, of Pawlet, pleaded not guilty Oct. 17 to a felony count of embezzlement. He was released without bail under the conditions he not go to the Dunkin' Donuts in Manchester, nor handle money through any other employment.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police, on July 29 a Dunkin' Donuts network manager reported that Smith had embezzled money from the store by processes false "voids" and refunds. These all occurred in May and June. Together they totaled $4,439. Smith could be seen on surveillance tape doing this multiple times, police said. When asked why he stole, he said, "Because I needed the money." Previously, he'd said, "mistakes happen," when asked about issues with his till totals. "You tell me," was his response whenever he was asked about much he took.

Dropped credit card leads to fraud charges

Nicholas J. Degennaro, 29, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Oct. 17 to 24 felony counts of identity theft, 23 misdemeanor counts of false pretenses or false tokens, and one count of petit larceny. He was released without bail under conditions.

According to Bennington Police, on June 15 a male reported that he dropped his credit card and later learned that multiple fraudulent charges totaling approximately $368 had been made to it. The male viewed surveillance tapes taken when the card was used and recognized his neighbor, Degennaro, as the person using it.

Degennaro declined to speak with police on the matter.

ATV rider charged with fleeing police, DUI

Jesse Latulipe, 31, of Torrington, Conn., pleaded not guilty Oct. 17 to a felony count of negligent operation while eluding police, misdemeanor careless or negligent vehicle operation, reckless endangerment, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to an affidavit by Vermont Game Wardens, on Sept. 3 they were on all-terrain vehicles (ATV) patrolling County Road in Stamford and Pownal. Warden Richard Watkin said he was on a narrow part of the road when another ATV came speeding towards him and failed to stop when he signaled it to do so. He chased it and found it buried in mud. The driver, Latulipe, came out from the bushes. He admitted to having consumed 10 Bud Lite beers earlier in the day. He later gave a breath sample showing his blood-alcohol level was over the .08 percent legal limit.

Wardens then learned Latulipe had earlier been seen by other wardens who signaled for him to stop, though he did not.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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