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Police: Men Facing Charges for Illegally 'Scrapping'

They were caught in the act, a report says.

A Vernon police cruiser. Photo Credit: Chris Dehnel
A Vernon police cruiser. Photo Credit: Chris Dehnel
Call it a case of fencing stolen property. 

Police on Thursday caught two men taking scrap metal from property at 96 West St., according to a report, and they are now facing criminal charges. 

Officers were dispatched to the property at 3:50 p.m. after getting a call from someone witnessing a larceny in progress, according to a police report. 

Two men were arrested. 

Carlos Barreto-Bermudez, 19, of 89 Glen Rd., East Hartford, was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny, police said. 

Victor Salazar, 20, of 190 Eldridge St., Manchester, was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny, police said. 

When arriving at the scene, police saw a vehicle parked outside a fence. One of them was handing scrap metal over the fence to the other, according to a report. 

The men said they were "scrapping," but a call to the property owner indicated no one had permission to be there, according to a  report. The owner also told police there had been problems with theft in the past, according to a report. 

The men were assigned bonds of $2,500 and are due in court on Feb 4.

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