Two charged in Christmas Eve crime spree
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | February 22,2013
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A former employee of the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield and a friend of his have both been charged with carrying out a crime spree on Christmas Eve at the golf course.
Alfredo “Manny” Gonzalez of Weathersfield and Anthony Thompson of Springfield, both 23, entered innocent pleas this week to two counts each of burglary, an additional felony count of grand larceny and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful mischief. Both men were released from criminal court in White River Junction on pre-trial conditions, including curfews at their respective residences along with court orders to stay off Crown Point Club’s land.
Because it occurred over Christmas break, the theft of a large amount of tools and equipment and damage to three greens on the golf course that were driven over wasn’t discovered until a maintenance worker came back to work on the morning of Dec. 28, Springfield Police Cpl. Walter Morancy wrote in an affidavit filed with the court.
An inventory of missing property determined that more than $10,000 worth of items like tools, welders, walkie-talkies and mowing machinery parts had been taken and workers eventually discovered that small pumps had also been removed from a pump shed on the property.
After receiving a series of tips, Springfield Police began to zero in on Gonzalez, a former maintenance worker at Crown Point who Morancy said quickly broke down and allegedly confessed after officers arrived at the farm where he was working last month and confronted him about the incident.
“Gonzalez took a deep breath and sat down on a large piece of firewood,” Morancy wrote in his report of the interview, “I observed Gonzalez try to straighten his hair and rub his face. Gonzalez then advised he and Anthony (Thompson) were out riding around drunk on Chistmas Eve and broke into the shed at the golf course and stole a bunch of stuff.”
Police said they were able to seize and recover almost all of the missing property from both men’s residences and after it was photographed it was returned to Crown Point.