• Man denies theft from elderly kin
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     | February 07,2014
     

    BARRE — A Cabot man has denied stealing $200 from his 101-year-old great-grandmother.

    Richard D. Atkinson, 26, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to one count of felony larceny from a person. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $500 fine.

    According to a Vermont State Police affidavit, troopers responded to the larceny report in Worcester on Oct. 26. Madeline Bador told state police she awoke to find Atkinson in her house. Bador told state police Atkinson asked to borrow $10, and when she pulled out her money he took it all and ran out the door.

    She told state police it was not the first time Atkinson had done such a thing.

    State police say they looked for a month for Atkinson and eventually found him hiding in a closet when they were told he was seen at a residence on Webster Street in Barre.

    When state police interviewed Atkinson, they say, he said he could not remember where he was the night of the incident and was not sure when the last time was he saw his great-grandmother. State police say Atkinson denied taking the money and said it was someone else.

    Atkinson has previous convictions for leaving the scene of an accident in 2011, felony escape in 2009, felony burglary in 2007, and two counts of petty larceny and one count of unlawful mischief in 2005.

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