Two charged with trying to take scrap metal
Two are arraigned on trespass charge
BENNINGTON — A Bennington man and a New York woman are facing criminal charges after police said they attempted to steal scrap metal from the trash bin of a North Bennington manufacturer in November.
Christopher A. Burns, 44, of Bennington, and Heidi M. Percey, 44, of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., were charged in Bennington criminal court Monday with misdemeanor counts of unlawful trespass. Burns was also charged with a misdemeanor count of petty larceny and Percey was charged with a misdemeanor count of attempted petty larceny.
Burns and Percey each pleaded innocent to all the charges against them.
In an affidavit, Officer John Behan, of the Bennington Police Department, said he was dispatched around 12:20 p.m. Nov. 9 to the National Hanger building on Water Street in North Bennington. At the building, Behan spoke with a National Hanger employee who said there was a truck parked behind the building and someone was inside a trash bin near the truck taking scrap metal.
Behan said when he walked to the area, he had to cross a bridge and added the bridge was marked with “No Trespassing” signs.
According to the affidavit, Behan spoke to Burns, who told him that he had been given permission to take scrap metal but couldn’t provide the name of the person who gave him permission.
The employee who spoke to Behan said he had talked to Burns earlier. At the time, Burns was by the trash bin with a woman, later identified as Percey, the employee said. The employee told Behan that Burns had been specifically told he didn’t have permission to take anything or be on the property and needed to leave.
Burns and Percey were released after their arraignments without bail.