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Man Charged With Stealing Swimming Pool For Scrap Metal

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — When a Greenfield family reported that their 24-foot diameter, above ground swimming pool had been stolen, police knew exactly where to look for it.

The Recorder reports that officers went to a scrap metal company where workers said some men had come in to sell a metal frame pool that matched the description of the one reported stolen.

Police arrested 49-year-old Henry Stefanowich of Chicopee and charged him with larceny and trespassing.

He pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released on $500 bail.

The 52-inch deep pool, with only a few inches of water in it, was stolen Monday in a 3 1/2 -hour window when everyone in the family was at work.

Stefanowich told police he had permission to take the pool, but the family denies that.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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