Police: Man stole scrap metal
Dennis A. Shade Sr., 41, pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Tuesday to felony grand larceny greater than $900 (two counts).
Judge William D. Cohen ordered Shade have no contact with several victims and a potential co-defendant.
Defense attorney Frederick Bragdon said Shade does not have a criminal history in Vermont, but does have a "modest record" in Massachusetts.
Deputy State's Attorney Jonathan Ward said the state was comfortable with Shade being released on conditions .
A Barney Road resident reported on Aug. 30 that items outside his home had gone missing several days before, according to an affidavit by Bennington police. The same day, officers viewed a post made on the Facebook page for Hathaway's Drive-In Theater in Hoosick, N.Y. about the theft of metal sign stands.
One Bennington man was charged in that state in connection with the Hathaway's theft: Ricky Crandall, 55 was arrested by New York State Police on Sept. 12, according to a news release from the Brunswick barracks. Surveillance tapes showed two men taking the two metal easels, worth about $200, on Aug. 24. Crandall turned himself in. He was cited misdemeanor count of petit larceny and released on a ticket to appear in Hoosick Town Court.
In an interview with police, Shade allegedly admitted to taking items from the Barney Road home, including cast iron frying pans, a wood stove, a lawnmower and a BB gun. Shade also admitted to taking lawnmower decks from a North Bennington business.
Shade allegedly told police he was driven around in the truck seen on the Hathaway theft; according to the affidavit, police knew the truck belonged to Crandall.
Shade allegedly turned in about 2,100 pounds of scrap metal to a North Adams, Mass. scrap yard over three days, netting $131.82.
Court documents indicate Crandall was cited to appear in Bennington court in November. Shade will return to court Dec. 11.
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