Local official enters plea in petty larceny charge - KCTV5 News

Local official enters plea in petty larceny charge

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The newly elected first selectman of Brookfield says he'll plead no contest to a misdemeanor petty larceny charge in Vermont in exchange for felony embezzlement charges being dropped over theft allegations.

The News-Times reports that police in Ludlow, Vt., charged Bill Tinsley in 2012 with stealing $500. The owner of Brewfest Beverage, a craft beer shop where Tinsley worked part-time, accused him of pocketing the money and altering the store's records to conceal the alleged theft.

The 62-year-old Tinsley insisted he is not guilty in what he called a "frivolous" claim. But he said he'll plead no contest to avoid spending up to $20,000 in a trial.

Tinsley, a Republican, said the reported theft was a misunderstanding caused by problems with the business's inventory records and its point-of-sale system.

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