Police: Man stole 1,000 pounds of scrap metal from former race track

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POWNAL — A North Pownal man faces charges in connection with "numerous" break-ins, including those into a local convenience store and the former Green Mountain Race Track, according to Vermont State Police.

Ronald "RJ" George, 26, was arrested Monday in connection with the November burglary of Winchester's Store and multiple burglaries at the former race track on Route 7, state police said in a news release. Police said George also broke into a Pownal residence in September 2016.

During the race track burglaries, police said: "George cut and removed more than 1,000 pounds of copper piping and wiring, selling it for scrap value."

The charges come after the Bennington County Sheriff's Department and troopers with the Shaftsbury barracks investigated numerous burglaries that took place over the past year.

George is scheduled to be arraigned in Bennington criminal court on April 2.

There are still unsolved burglary and theft cases active in Pownal, according to Vermont State Police. Anyone with information should contact the Shaftbury barracks at 802-442-5421.



—Banner staff




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