BENNINGTON >> The following cases were heard recently in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division.

Former Aubuchon Hardware employee accused of stealing safe

Jacob Davis, 26, of Manchester, pleaded not guilty Sept. 14 to a felony count of burglary. He was placed under $1,000 bail and ordered not to go to the Aubuchon Hardware store nor contact employees there.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police, on Sept. 5 a hardware store employee came in to work in the morning to find a door had been unbolted from its hinges. Inside they found the store's safe containing about $1,200 was missing. The safe was found some distance away in the woods near a wheelbarrow that also taken from the store. The affidavit said nothing about whether or not the safe had been opened.

Two people were seen on surveillance tape footage taken while the store was closed the evening before the burglary was discovered. They appeared familiar with the layout of the store and knew where items such as bolt cutters and electronic locks were.

An employee who viewed the tapes said one of the people walked similarly to Davis.

The store's manager said Davis had been an employee there but was fired.

The affidavit contained no information as to whether or not Davis was interviewed by police.

Argument leads police to heroin

Derrick Pogue, 19, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Sept. 6 to a felony count of heroin possession. He was released without bail on conditions that he reside in Bennington County and appear at future court hearings.


According to an affidavit by Bennington Police, on Aug. 31 at 8:23 p.m. a citizen's dispute was reported on Gage Street. Police found Pogue inside a vehicle owned by another person, who later gave police permission to search it. Bags of heroin were found in the car and in Pogue's pocket. A total of 13 bags were found, each bearing a stamp reading, "What's Up Doc?"

Home inspection turns up pills, needles

Stephanie Predel, 25, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Sept. 12 to felony depressant/stimulant/narcotic sale, and misdemeanor depressant/stimulant/narcotic possession. She was released without bail under conditions, among them she not contact the person she allegedly sold pills to.

According to a Bennington Police affidavit, Predel's probation officer requested police assistance with inspecting Predel's apartment on Aug. 5. Predel was asked if there were any needles in the apartment. She said there was one in the bathroom. Police searched the apartment and located four capsules of Focalin XR30, a stimulant which Vermont lists as a controlled substance. Four needles were found in the bathroom and two in a bedroom. Some had been used.

Predel at first said she did know about the Focalin, but then said she had sold them to another woman.