Man accused of stealing, selling vanAugust 06,2014Man denies he
stole, sold van
BENNINGTON — A Winhall man is being held on $2,500 bail after police said he stole a van and sold it in April 2013.
Robert Mackey, 29, of Winhall, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Bennington criminal court to felony charges of grand larceny and aggravated operation of a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.
In an affidavit, Officer Doug Wright of the Winhall Police Department said the manager of the Fat Spy Tavern in Winhall reported April 10, 2013, that a van that belonged to the restaurant was missing. The manager said Mackey, a former employee of the restaurant, had been overheard saying he could sell the van easily either as a van or as scrap.
Through Mackey’s mother, police tracked the van to an automobile dealership in Hebron, N.Y., where an employee told police that Mackey had sold the van to the dealership for $400 on April 8, 2013.
Wright said that when he wrote the affidavit, on April 21, 2013. Mackey’s whereabouts were unknown. An arrest warrant was issued May 7, 2013, and served Tuesday.
The Fat Spy restaurant, along with the Stone Lodge, were destroyed in a fire in July.MORE IN This Just In
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