A man from Barre pleaded not guilty on Monday in Caledonia Superior Court to a felony-level larceny charge and a charge of unlawful mischief for reportedly spray painting “F—- U” on the side of a truck.

Dana P. Patten, 41, also faces a burglary charge for an incident that occurred on July 17, 2017, at a Hardwick business.

Hardwick Police Officer Daniel Locke reported a businessman named Roderick Mayo, 53, was the victim of Patten’s crimes. The officer stated that multiple tools were stolen by Patten at Mayo’s business located at 2778 Route 15 in Hardwick. The total value of the property taken was $9,878. The estimate to fix the truck that was spray painted was $200, and the cost to repair a smashed window was $400.

The police investigation determined a salvage dealer, James Bolduc, in Middlesex had accepted copper wire that came out of a welder feed. Bolduc said the two people who brought in the metal claimed it was ground wire. It was material that had been stolen from Mayo. Police also heard from Chris Thompson, 34, that Patten admitted to the crimes committed at Mayo’s business and that Patten was trying to get Thompson’s help. Locke said Thompson said he refused to help Patten.

According to Thompson, Patten had told him that the reason the truck was spray painted was to make it look like the crimes were committed by a disgruntled former employee.

Following his not-guilty pleas to the three charges on Monday, Patten was ordered to stay away from Mayo and Bolduc and their property.

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