Man accused of ID theftMarch 29,2014Man accused of
BENNINGTON — A local man is facing four felony charges and five misdemeanors after police said he withdrew $300 from the account of a neighbor who had let the man use his debit card.
Christopher J. Hope Jr., of Bennington, pleaded innocent Monday to four felony charge of identity theft, four misdemeanor charges of using false tokens and one misdemeanor charge of giving false information to police in order to implicate another person.
Hope was released without bail.
In an affidavit, Bennington Police Officer Lawrence Cole said he met with Richard Danforth, of Bennington, on Jan. 13. Danforth said he had accidentally stepped on Hope’s phone in mid-December.
To pay for the damage, Danforth said he gave Hope his bank debit card and password on Jan. 7. Hope was told he could take $20 from the account.
Instead, according to Cole, Hope made four withdrawals which totaled $300. Cole pointed out none of the withdrawals were for $20. Cole said he saw the video-recordings made by the automated teller machine and recognized Hope.
Cole said he spoke to Hope on Jan. 14. According to Cole, Hope said Danforth had given him the debit card and password, told him to withdraw as much money as possible, keep $20 and give the rest to Danforth. Hope told Cole that’s what he did.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Jim Jeffords' legacy, Brandon takes a few questions about proposed budget, beleaguered city playground likely to move, woman awakes to find strange man with knives standing at her bedside.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Former U.S. Senator James Jeffords dies Monday in Washington D.C., a local man is beaten and robbed while walking on West Street, Clarendon sets a tax rate and Brandon convenes an informational public meeting about its budget.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1915, the New York World publishes scoop: Thom. Edison diverts chemical from war production to help German pharmaceutical company make aspirin; on this day in 1935, Will Rogers, Wiley Post die in Alaska plane crash.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: State panel briefed on smuggling drugs into prisons; new French-German documentary about Vermont's heroin addiction; solar project at Vets Home falls apart; update dispute between Open Door Mission and treatment center.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Climatologists might not know as much about El Nino as they thought they knew. New studies show 10,000 years ago, El Nino was active, and polar ice sheets were rapidly melting — just like today.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: State colleges get a budget cut break, vandals spray paint Wallingford basketball court, state's attorney will replace lost deputies, cop lawsuit proceeds, Mendon mini-golf proposal makes headway.