Homeless man jailed on Killington burglary charge
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | December 27,2012
A homeless man who police say had been living outdoors in Killington for at least two weeks was sent to jail on $25,000 bail Wednesday after pleading innocent to a pair of burglary charges.
Greg A. Duguid, 26, was arrested Monday after Vermont State Police were called to the Killington Market where an employee allegedly caught Duguid shoplifting that morning. Police were informed the owner of Base Camp Outfitters had photos showing Duguid burglarizing the retail store early Sunday and Monday morning.
Trooper Robert Giolito said Base Camp owner Mike Miller came to him Sunday, concerned over a number of break-ins at his Route 4 shop in the last year. Giolito said he suggested the store owner mount a camera to see what happened at his store after dark.
By Monday morning, police said Miller had 482 infrared pictures of the store — many showing Duguid entering and leaving the store in the middle of the night.
An inventory of the store Monday indicated that almost $1,000 worth of merchandise — most of it winter clothing, boots and other outdoor accessories — was missing.
Police said some of that merchandise, including a $300 pair of mountaineering boots, was found on Duguid when police questioned him at the market.
Duguid told police he had been living in the woods near the Long Trail, surviving on money wired to him from his parents.
The only identification he could produce was a passport that indicated he was born in Barbados and arrived in the United States in September 2009, police said.
During Duguid’s arraignment Wednesday in Rutland criminal court, public defender Amanda Mowle pointed out that Duguid had a cousin he had been living with a year ago in Burlington and that he had no prior record.
Mowle asked the court to allow Duguid to reside with his cousin in Chittenden County while awaiting trial.
But Rutland County State’s Attorney Marc Brierre said there wasn’t enough verifiable information about Duguid to know where he would go, and the potential 30-year prison term he faces on the two burglary charges was severe.
“The thefts were blatant,” Brierre said, asking that bail be imposed at $75,000. “The state believes he has no reason to appear other than reasonable cash bail.”
In the end, Judge Nancy Corsones agreed that bail was necessary but not at such a high amount.
Killington Second Constable Whit Montgomery said that Duguid has been seen off and on in the community for the better part of a year.
While he had spent the last two weeks living outdoors, the homeless man had been able to find temporary shelter indoors in the past, Montgomery said.
The constable said Duguid was welcomed at the Sherburne Memorial Library, where he was allowed to eat and heat up popcorn in the microwave. But the library recently issued a two-year no-trespass order following an incident that required the evacuation of the facility.
“It’s an unfortunate situation, but it might be an opportunity for him to get the help he needs,” Montgomery said.