Police: Suspects High Fived Each Other After Turkey Bowl Incident

Michael Klein, 21, confessed to a Darien police officer that he stole a New Canaan High football player's backpack from a Darien High School locker room during the Turkey Bowl, according to court documents.


Documents obtained at the state Superior Court in Stamford reveal which suspect allegedly stole a New Canaan High School football player's backpack, which one allegedly urinated on football equipment and which ones allegedly served as "look outs" during the 2012 Turkey Bowl game in November.

According to the arrest warrant application for one of the five arrestees—Michael Klein, 21, of 19 Salt Box Lane—video surveillance tapes provided to the Darien Police Department by Athletic Director Michael Sullivan show that he and the four other suspects—Gregory Klein, Kevin Green, William Canning and Rocco Colandro—all entered the girls' locker room where the stolen backpack and defiled equipment were kept during the second half of the game.

Officer Edwin Vigil, who reviewed the tapes, stated in the affidavit that the video shows "Rocco Colandro and Kevin Green remain in the locker room for approximately ten seconds, while William Canning, Michael Klein and Gregory Klein remain in the locker room for approximately two minutes." Vigil observed that Colandro and Green "were acting as look outs as they paced back and forth outside of the locker room."

Vigil also stated in the affidavit that while all five suspects entered the locker room empty handed, Michael Klein "exited the locker room carrying a black draw string bag similar to the one described" by the player who reported it stolen to police. Vigil also said that the video shows Gregory Klein "fixing his zipper area of his pants as if he was closing his pants zipper after finishing urinating" while exiting the locker room. He said that he observed all five suspects "excited, high fiving" each other as they left the locker room.

According to the affidavit, when Officer Vigil visited the Klein residence and revealed to Michael that the department obtained evidence of the incident, Michael confessed to Vigil that he the took the bag from the locker room and stated several times that he "didn't think anything of it" and that it was only a "fifteen dollar bag." Michael's older brother Jason then intervened the conversation and prevented Michael from speaking to Vigil any further, the affidavit states.

Colandro and the Klein brothers appeared in state Superior Court in Stamford on Monday and their cases were continued to future dates. They, along with Canning, are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 29 and Green is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 22. Each was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass, while Klein was additionally charged with sixth-degree larceny.

According to court documents, Michael Klein, Gregory Klein and Canning have all applied for accelerated rehabilitation, which could place them on a period of unsupervised probation for up to two years after which their records would be cleared.

Baffled Resident January 10, 2013 at 03:04 PM
I agree with you that we should be careful about making generalizations of our youth. HOWEVER, these 5 are not youths, Alan.
Mary Moran January 10, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Being raised in Darien and now a long time resident of New Canaan ,I feel bad judgement can happen on either side of the fence. That being said both towns are full of loving concerned parents and great kids. Crimes should be punished and apologies should be made.
mary parker January 11, 2013 at 06:16 AM
It doesn't matter if they are Darien kids, they were caught but New Canaan kids do wrong also and so do kids in every city. It is because of the up bringing of these kids that they do wrong. Parents just don't enforce proper behavior with their kids, in any city. And schools don't handle kids missconduct properly either. If you think these kids are brats then you better make sure you are keeping on eye on your kids. If it were my kid who did something like this, he or she would be in so much trouble with me as a parent and I would be apologizing to the public for their stupid or irresponsible action. All kids need proper parenting but if the parents don't have morals then they can't get upset about peoples opinions about their kids that do stupid things.
Craig January 12, 2013 at 01:54 AM
the five perps and their parents should be tarred and feathered on Elm Street. ah, if we could only bring back good old new england days. really guys, you must admit, Darien behavior is over the top. i am surprised they haven't figured out their offspring are hurting Real Estate values. for heaven sake, Darien has deteriorated to an upscale Bronx where they have substituted football uniforms for subway stations. in the age of google, do any of these kids think they will be doing anything other than mowing lawns or car washes?
Hollywood2 January 12, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Get over it! It will happen again.


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