An arrest warrant was issued for a man accused of buying thousands of dollars worth of tools on his former employer’s business account

An arrest warrant was issued for a man accused of buying thousands of dollars worth of tools on his former employer’s business account and then using them to buy drugs. Gary B. Bolton, 32, homeless, failed to appear in court on Monday for arraignment on two counts of false pretenses or false tokens. Judge Justin P. Jiron then issued a warrant with bail set at $500. The alleged victim in the case, Robert Barnes, 67, is the owner of “Bob’s Construction” in the town of Wheelock. Barnes told police that Bolton worked for his company from August 2020 through October 2020 and then charged items to Barnes’ account at the St. Johnsbury Aubuchon Hardware store in September and October of 2021. Police said they located Bolton at Maplefields on Western Avenue in St. Johnsbury on Nov. 19, 2021, and interviewed him. He acknowledged signing his name, and stated that 2 times he used another name that was not his to acquire materials worth thousands of dollars. Bolton stated that he then took the materials ‘to the city’ and exchanged them for drugs. Bolton faces a possible sentence of up to 11 years in prison and $3,000 in fines if convicted.

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