BENNINGTON, VT - On December 6 at approximately 8:15 p.m., the Bennington Police Department received a report that someone had stolen a Christmas tree from the NORSHAFT Lions Club Christmas Tree sales, located at the Bennington Chamber of Commerce.
The complainant stated that they witnessed two people in a gold colored vehicle bearing a Vermont registration back up to the Christmas Trees and put one in the trunk before pulling out of the lot.
According to the complainant the vehicle then traveled to the Kmart Plaza, where two people exited the vehicle and put a blanket on top of the car, removed the tree from the trunk, and secured it to the roof on top of the blanket. The vehicle was last seen heading west on Kocher Drive towards Northside Drive.
Upon running the registration given, the vehicle showed to be registered to Dee Morse of Bennington. At Morse's residence, a neighbor provided information that Morse had offered to sell them the Christmas tree for $20 and that she was on her way home with it for the neighbor to purchase.
During this time the vehicle and Morse were located in the Walmart parking lot with a large Christmas tree affixed to the top of the vehicle. Morse advised that she believed the Christmas trees at the sale location were free because there were no signs indicating prices and the trees were not tied down. When asked about her intentions on selling the tree, Morse denied making a deal with anyone for the tree and indicated that it was for herself.
Morse was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny, she is scheduled to appear in Bennington Criminal Court on December 23, 2013.