Teenager accused of taking safeMarch 26,2013Teenager accused of taking safe
BENNINGTON ó An Arlington teenager was charged with a felony count of burglary of an occupied home on Monday after police said they believed he had taken a fire safe from a home sometime between Sept. 4 and Nov. 2.
Benjamin Culler, 19, of Arlington, pleaded innocent to the charge in Bennington criminal court on Monday. He was released without bail.
In an affidavit, Trooper Lewis Hatch, of the Vermont State Police, said he had been dispatched to a home in Arlington on Nov. 2. The woman living at the home said a small fire safe, containing personal papers, had been stolen.
She said she suspected Culler, a friend of her son, because there was no sign of forced entry and Culler knew where to find a key to the house.
Hatch said Culler and his father came to the Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury on Dec. 16 but Culler said he was not responsible for the burglary. However, the woman later contacted Hatch and said she found a cellular phone in her vehicle which belonged to a friend of Cullerís. According to the woman, there were messages on the cell phone about the burglary.
Hatch said he spoke to Cullerís friend on Jan. 14. The friend said he knew the woman and in November saw that Culler had a picture of her from when she was younger. He said Culler then admitted he had taken the safe.
Culler was cited on Feb. 16 for the burglary, Hatch said.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: V-2 No. 13, launched this day in 1946 from White Sands, New Mexico, takes first photographs of Earth from the edge of the planet's outer atmosphere; 1947: Walt Disney testifies before HUAC, names employees he says are communists.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont's brand discussed at Killington, state's attorney candidates Marc Brierre and Rose Kennedy profiled, Curtis reports about Rutland police chief's new job, and four arrested, charged for heroin, crack sales.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1935, New York gangster, bootlegger, ruthless murderer Dutch Schultz, born Arthur Flegenheimer to Jewish-German immigrant parents, and three associates gunned down, killed, at the Palace Chophouse in Newark, N.J.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Acclaimed illusionist & escape artist Harry Houdini, performing in Montreal in 1926, is sucker-punched by a McGill University student. Houdini doesn't know he has peritonitis - the punches are possible factor in his Oct. 31 death.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Police Chief James Baker to resign from the force at the end of the year to take a job in Washington, D.C., jury remains out in teacher killing murder trial, Rec Dept. releases report on what's wrong with White's Pool.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Well diggers in Cardiff, New York, find what is thought to be the petrified body of a 10-foot-tall man, perfectly preserved after thousands of years, which becomes a popular roadside attraction until proven to be a fake.