Police: Men stole $800 in groceries
BENNINGTON — Two New York men were arrested by police on Wednesday and cited for stealing about $800 in merchandise from the local Walmart and Price Chopper, according to Lt. Lloyd Dean of the Bennington Police Department.
Daniel Bouck, 48, and Michael Nelson, 46, both of Cairo, N.Y., were cited to appear in Bennington criminal court in October to answer to misdemeanor charges, Dean said.
In a press release, Dean said police were called to the Price Chopper on Northside Drive around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday for a report that two men had just left the store with a shopping cart full of groceries for which they had not paid.
Witnesses told police the men left the parking lot in a van with New York license plates.
A couple of minutes later, Officer William DiNunzio of the Bennington Police Department spotted the van and stopped in on North Bennington Road by the Cinema 7 movie theater. The interior of the van was filled with groceries and other goods, police said.
According to Dean, police found the men had fled Price Chopper with $462 in groceries.
After Bouck and Nelson were taken to the Bennington police station, employees of the Walmart, which is, like the Price Chopper, located in Monument Plaza, called to report that at about 2 p.m., a pair of men left the store without paying for a cart full of groceries.
Officer Jason Burnham, of the Bennington Police Department, investigated the incident and confirmed that Bouck and Nelson stole $338 in items from Walmart before they went to Price Chopper.