Two men deny burglary charges

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BENNINGTON — Two men have denied felony charges in connection with a break-in this spring.

Tyler D. Galipeau and Nathan L. Gore, both 35 and of Bennington, are accused of breaking into a garage and stealing tools, which police say they later sold.

Galipeau pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Monday to single felony counts of both conspiracy to receive and possessing stolen property greater than $900. Galipeau is being held on a furlough violation.

Gore pleaded not guilty on July 14 to single felony counts of burglary, and grand larceny and receiving stolen property greater than $900. Gore is being held for lack of a $25,000 unsecured appearance bond.

A Chapel Road homeowner reported on May 21 that his garage had been broken into while he was away for several days, according to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Thalia J. Hudson. Several tools including two chainsaws were missing, all for an estimated total value of $2,740.

Police received information that Galipeau on May 20 unsuccessfully tried to sell two chainsaws at a pawn shop near Keene, N.H. Bennington officers received still images from a security video and identified Gore and Galipeau.

Officers spoke to the man who ultimately bought the tools and payed $400 when they met at a parking lot in Northampton, Mass. The man told police he spoke with the seller through a phone number connected to Galipeau, and described mostly dealing with a man that matched Gore's physical description.

Both men have a criminal history. Galipeau's includes a March 20 felony conviction of larceny from a person; he was sentenced to one-to-three years. Gore's includes a 2006 felony conviction for grand larceny. Gore also has three failures to appear for court hearings.

Galipeau requested a speedy trial at his arraignment. A jury drawing is scheduled for Sept. 5. Gore will return to court on Sept. 1.

Both men are detained at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.

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