Money missing from town offices

BENNINGTON — A sum of money totaling less than $50 went missing from the town offices recently, and after two weeks of investigation, town officials say it’s unclear if this was a theft or a accounting error.

Police Chief Steve Campbell said in an interview Tuesday that the initial report of the missing money was made to police on Oct. 29 and he has been investigating ever since.

The small amount of money missing came from a box used by the town clerk throughout the day to store cash that comes into the town office, usually from car registrations.

Campbell said his investigation showed the area where the money was kept has a lot of foot traffic.

“It could be an error, it could just be a mistake in calculations,” Campbell said.

At night, Campbell said the town office staff locks the money from this box in a safe in the building. The town offices have surveillance cameras, he also noted, but none directly recording the box.

“There’s a lot of foot traffic around that area. It’s going to be hard to know who took it,” Campbell said, if that is indeed what happened.

Unable to find a potential suspect, Campbell said he is no longer pursuing the case.

Town Administrator Dee French said in an interview Tuesday that the missing money is due to an accounting error. “I see it as an isolated incident, I don’t think it’s a big deal,” French said.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232. or

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