2 charged with scrap metal theft in Great Barrington

Friday May 11, 2012

Two Connecticut men are out on bail after allegedly stealing scrap metal from a local home.

Curtis L. Benson, of Winsted, Conn., and Matthew G. Delmolino, of Salisbury, Conn., were arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday on charges of larceny over $250, larceny from a building and breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony.

On Sunday, Benson and Delmolino allegedly stole more than $400 worth of wiring, copper piping and other materials from a barn behind a residence on Egremont Plain Road, according to police. Benson told police Delmolino said the pair would come back for two antique cars parked on the property.

The two men were pulled over by Sheffield police at 7:40 p.m. that same day while driving down Main Street, and Great Barrington police were called in for assistance. Officers noticed a high level of scrap metal in the back of the vehicle, and while the pair initially said they had been given the metal by a friend, Benson later admitted to police the metal was stolen, according to court documents.

Benson and Delmolino were released on $500 and $1,000 bail, respectively. They’re both due back in court for a pretrial hearing on June 11.


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