Police: Man stole scrap metal

BENNINGTON — A Pownal man has been charged with stealing scrap metal in August.

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.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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