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Suspects accused in theft of copper

— Over the past several weeks, Killington Ski Resort officials have reported burglaries occurring at several maintenance buildings and storage facilities on the mountain property.

A large amount of copper had been removed from the buildings and other properties.

A lengthy investigation revealed two local suspects—Charles Keefe, 27, and Lance Smith, 25, of Rutland City—had been turning in large amounts of scrap copper in the Rutland County area.

Vermont State Police sought a search warrant and executed it at one of the suspect’s residence on River Street in Rutland City.

Evidence used in the burglaries was found and seized. Both suspects were charged for a series of burglaries at the ski resort.

Keefe and Smith were lodged at MVCC and will be arraigned Aug. 5.

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