Two men face charges in thefts of tools from two local hardware stores


MANCHESTER>>After allegedly swiping tools from two different hardware stores, two men face retail theft charges, with one also charged with possession of cocaine.

Manchester Police received a call at 4:47 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from R.K. Miles stating that someone was actively stealing tools in the store. Police were also advised that the same two people were previously at Aubuchon Hardware and stole multiple tools, according to a police report. As police arrived at R.K. Miles, the two men fled on foot down the railroad tracks toward Richville Road.

Shane Colford, 41, of Poultney later returned to speak with officers at R.K. Miles. Employees of both stores met to speak with the officers. An Aubuchon employee pointed to a 2002 blue Mercury Sable and said the suspects left the store in it. Colford advised the vehicle belonged to his cousin and denied any involvement in stealing tools from either store.

At this time, Detective Abigail Zimmer traveled to Aubuchon to view video footage of the theft that allegedly shows Colford stealing tools. The report stated that Colford took a pair of bolt cutters, placed them into a box and gave them to the other individual, 46-year-old Scott Clark from Fair Haven. The bolt cutters were allegedly used to cut off the security cables from tools on display. Clark then slid the tools down his pants and exited the store with Colford, police said.

Witnesses advised police that Colford was wearing a backpack when the two fled R.K. Miles on foot, but returned without it.

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Police obtained a warrant to search and seize the vehicle, which revealed a Dewalt drill stolen from Aubuchon. A second stolen tool was not found in the vehicle.

Later, officers searched the railroad tracks with the assistance of a Vermont State Police K-9 and recovered Colford's backpack that had a DeWalt cordless framing nailer inside from R.K. Miles, according to police reports. There was also several hypodermic needles and other paraphernalia associated with drug use, as stated in the police report.

Upon arrest, Colford was allegedly in possession of an unlabeled pill container with a substance that tested positive for cocaine. He was charged with a felony of retail theft, possession of cocaine and for giving false information to a police officer.

Clark was charged with a felony of retail theft and is due in Bennington Superior Court on Aug. 19.

The police report states that both have extensive criminal records.

—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-490-6471.


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