• Man accused of ID theft
    March 29,2014
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    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.
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