(This story was first published in the November 7, 2013 edition of the Vermont Standard.)
District Court Report, by Eric Francis
Timmothy Murphy, 18, of Hartland pleaded innocent to a felony charge of unlawful mischief and to a misdemeanor count of providing false information to a police officer while his friend Makenzie Delaney, 17,of Windsor pleaded innocent to a felony count of aiding in the commission of a felony and a misdemeanor providing false information after the pair were filmed allegedly trying to pry open the coin machine inside the Itty Bitty LaundryMat in Hartland Three Corners just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 19.
Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Eric Hudson said that a pair of witnesses who knew the teens called 911 while using a video camera on an iPad to film the apparent attempt to break open the machine that was committed with a crow bar and a pair of bolt cutters.
The pair were unable to get any coins out but managed to damage the $2,000 machine beyond repair before leaving and driving to Windsor where they were stopped after police broadcast a description of their vehicle.
Hudson said when he arrived and interviewed both teens separately they gave several completely different and rapidly changing accounts of where they had been that evening and what had been taking place. In his sworn written statement to police Murphy wrote that the pair who reported them to police were supposed to be acting as lookouts, writing, “Mak and I walked into the laundry mat and began vandalizing the machine while (they) were outside looking out. We vandalized the machine without intentions to steal, nor did we steal, a single thing from there.”
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