A St. Johnsbury man has been charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor for allegedly stealing a car. On Tuesday, Scott R. Tobyne, 40, pleaded not guilty in Essex Superior Court to felony charges of aggravated vehicle operation without the owner’s consent and grand larceny. The misdemeanor charge is vehicle operation while suspended for DUI. Tobyne was also charged with violating probation (VOP) in Caledonia County, which his defense attorney denied. Judge Michael Kainen then set $2,500 bail on Tobyne and he is in pre-trial detention at Northeast Regional Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury. Essex County Sheriff Trevor Colby wrote in his report: “On Jan. 8, at approximately 1:30 p.m., I received a call about a possible sighting of a stolen car on Rt. 2 in Lunenburg” “I then heard Deputy Engel over the radio that he had the car stopped by the intersection of Route 102 in Guildhall.” The operator was Scott R. Tobyne, said Sheriff Colby in his report. Tobyne stated, He borrowed it for a couple days from a friend. But police said Tobyne did not have permission to operate the car from owner David Fox of Fox Auto in Lunenburg. The car had been reported stolen by Fox on Jan. 3.
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