BENINGTON — A Westminster man is facing a felony charge after being accused of taking between $1,500 and $2,000 from a safe while burglarizing the Manchester office of the Dorr Oil Company.
Criscenzo J. Ruggiero, 20, of Westminster, pleaded innocent in Bennington criminal court this week to a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief.
In an affidavit, Officer James Blanchard of the Manchester Police Department said staff at Dorr Oil had contacted the Manchester police around 7 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2011, to report a burglary.
Officer Josh Epstein, who investigated the report, said it appeared someone had broken in through a bathroom window on the north side of the building. A safe had also been “destroyed” in an apparent attempt to get it open.
Owner Donald Dorr told police he believed about $800 to $1,000 was taken from the safe.
While police did not develop any leads on the case for several months, Epstein spoke to a Vermont State Police trooper in the spring who said he had arrested several people from outside the Bennington County area for burglary. Those people admitted to two burglaries in Manchester, police said.
Westminster, Ruggiero’s hometown, is in Windham County.
According to the affidavit, Ruggiero admitted during a Nov. 9 interview, which police recorded with a video camera, that he and two other men had burglarized Dorr’s Oil. Ruggiero said they took $1,500 to $2,000 from the safe, police said.MORE IN Southern VermontA judge has ruled that the owner of Santa's Land must forfeit the amusement park's signature... Full StorySpringfield police chief says bathsalts, not heroin, biggest drug problem in town. Full Story
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