Springfield's Aaron Montgomery back in custody facing a new burglary charge after a year on the run
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Springfield man whom police had been looking to re-arrest for over a year was finally brought into court this week where authorities added a new burglary charge to the slate of offenses he is currently facing.
Aaron Montgomery Sr., 29, pleaded innocent to the felony count of burglary stemming from a break-in at his sister’s residence in North Springfield a year ago in which he allegedly stole televisions, computer electronics, alcohol and even his nieces’ and nephews’ toys and candy.
Springfield Police recovered many of the stolen items in the days that followed from witnesses who told detectives that Montgomery had sold them the items for small amounts of money.
Montgomery had been arraigned in both June and July of last year on four separate counts alleging that he sold heroin. Those charges were in addition to cases that were already open in which he had been charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace by phone, leaving the scene of an accident and possessing stolen property.
He disappeared off the court’s radar in August of 2017 and a warrant for his arrest had been outstanding until he was picked up by police this week and brought into the courthouse in White River Junction.
During Thursday’s arraignment, a public defender explained to the court that Montgomery, a father of five, has been “struggling with substance abuse” while living with his wife in New Hampshire for the past year where authorities seized his children and placed them in foster care.
Attorney Rachel Thompson told Judge Timothy Tomasi that the Montgomery’s have been living in a shelter, looking for substance abuse treatment and “trying to get their kids back.”
Noting Montgomery’s extensive criminal record, which reaches back a decade to when he robbed a gas station in Ascutney at knifepoint as a teenager, the judge declined to release Montgomery on further pre-trial conditions and instead ordered him held for lack of $5,000 bail, saying that he would consider suspending that temporarily if Montgomery can find a bed at a residential drug treatment facility.
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