Man denies aiding in theft of metal
Another Pownal man denied charges last month in connection with multiple break-ins spanning more than a year. Police said Ronald Lee George Jr., 27, broke into and took items from the former race track grandstand on Route 7, as well as Winchester's Store and a nearby residence. In that case, police said George brought 1,600 pounds of metal to George Apkin's & Sons scrap yard in North Adams, Mass., netting $2,800, in February and March.
Last week, James E. Haley, 55, pleaded not guilty in Bennington criminal court to a felony count of aiding in the commission of grand larceny.
Judge John W. Valente released him with conditions.
According to a court affidavit by Vermont State Police, in January and February, Haley turned in about 2,500 pounds of copper into the same scrap yard, receiving $4,600. Haley, in an April 2 interview with police, said he didn't keep the money, but gave the check to George who would "'throw him a few bucks' for helping." Haley denied entering the track building to remove any items. He told police that George claimed the metal came from a "clean out job in New York" and that "he would not have helped [George] with this if he knew the copper was stolen."
Haley is due back in court June 18.
George pleaded not guilty in the same court April 2 to felony burglary into an occupied dwelling, burglary (three counts), and selling stolen property. George is due back June 1.
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