Police: More than 1,000 pounds of copper piping taken from former schoolApril 04,2013BENNINGTON — Local police are hoping the public can give them some help solving a case in which more than half a ton of copper tubing was stolen sometime before Tuesday from a former school on Main Street, according to Lt. Lloyd Dean of the Bennington Police Department.
In a news release, Dean said the caretaker of the former Mount Anthony Union Middle School reported on Tuesday that copper tubing had been stolen from the basement ceiling.
On Wednesday, the caretaker noticed more of the copper pipes had been taken, police said.
Police believe the point of entry used by the burglar or burglars has been located and secured but not before more than 1,000 pounds of copper pipes had been taken between the two burglaries.
Anyone who has seen suspicious activity in the area or who might have seen what appears to be a cache of freshly cut copper pipes is asked to call the Bennington Police Department at 442-1030.
The school was built 100 years ago as Bennington High School. About 50 years later, it became a middle school that served five towns. When a new middle school was built in 2004, the building was sold to a developer for $200,000.
Due to a lack of maintenance, the building’s value dropped. It was sold at auction to a Canadian developer for $50,000 in 2009.MORE IN This Just In
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Seals have figured out fish they like to eat gather in schools around turbines in offshore wind farms. But the environment is not without hazards, maintenance vessels and noise pollution.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears on this day in 1975, on this day in 2003, the last Volkswagen Type I, the Beetle, rolls off the assembly line in Mexico, Nelson Mandela on the primacy of teaching love over hate.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont Yankee announces final day of nuclear power generation in Vermont, storm brings floods back to Chester, Castleton town manager to resign office, chronic offender sentenced to 25 years for sexual assault.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Archaeologists find a leather shoe in a cave in Armenia that predates the Pyramids by more than a thousand years.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1932, President Hoover orders the Army to evict bonus marchers from Anacostia Flats; author Malcolm Lowry born this day, as is Jackie Kennedy and Mike Bloomfield; Stephen Crane on consuming one's own heart.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Earth barely avoids being blasted by immense solar flare in 2012, astrophysicists say next time might not be so lucky.