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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.

not2bdenied January 09, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Perhaps the writer can clear up a question I had. Do the police have video evidence of the perps inside the locker room ?
Ali Abdulah January 09, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Perhaps you can answer this: do you REALLY think that video cameras INSIDE high school locker rooms is a wise idea, even for Darien? DOH!
excop January 10, 2013 at 02:27 AM
No vids exist from inside the locker room...none.
sebastian dangerfield January 10, 2013 at 05:23 AM
wait--so "Mike Klein confessed and for applying for A/R and 'trust me' and not2 are saying that these men are being smeared? or that they lack evidence. ummm ...let me say again....ummmm do you know what a confession is? The crime is dumb-but these comments are even dumber. "I stole it, and I dont care that I stole it= "are their cameras in the locker room? Imagine if there were cameras inside locker rooms? Oh man...its sad that these people are trying to make other people the real culprits. Guys--give it up--these Klein boys etc, did it--now they applied for A/r and are going to get off easy.
RON BURGANDY January 10, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Ever notice its the same 20 people who constantly comment on everything on this website? I hate to break this to you, but the fact that you offer your "expertise" or opinion via online blog speaks for itself. If anyone really needed/wanted your opinion, you wouldn't have the time nor the inclination to post your legal analysis here. Let me break it down for you: the cops wrote a warrant, a states attorney obviously agreed with it, as did a judge. All three of those groups know what they are doing and do it on a daily basis, as opposed to many of the comments above. And the world keeps spinning.....
james b January 10, 2013 at 06:15 PM
These are good kids. Some of them made a bad decision. Jeck, you need to relax and take out your "not so glory days" frustration somewhere else.
Chandra Johnson Greene January 10, 2013 at 08:44 PM
A comment has been deleted from this thread because it violated Patch's Terms of Use. Please refrain for insulting other readers. Thanks!
not2bdenied January 11, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Hi Chandra, Last night I posted a question that I hoped you would address as the author of this piece concerning if the police had actual evidence of a video showing the perps in the locker room. I look forward to your response.
Bill Bajenta January 11, 2013 at 09:34 AM
This a very valid question cause i heard it was a very dry case
Darien Voter January 11, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Of course there's no video tape footage inside the locker room. But there is now a reported confession and a request for accelerated rehab by three of the alleged perps. What simply amazes me is the fact that people are having trouble seeing what a disgusting, childish act this was which marred what otherwise reported as a great local sporting event.
Chandra Johnson Greene January 11, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Hi not2bdenied: Thanks for your question. According to the arrest warrant application for Michael Klein, all of the surveillance footage that was given to the police department was of the locker room hallway. There was no mention of footage taken inside of the locker room.
not2bdenied January 11, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Thank you Chandra. Another question for you if I may. Do you have any evidence from the police or the arrest warrant that the alleged offenders actually urinated on the opposing teams equipment ? Was there any chemical analysis done to validate that the equipment had urine on it ? I look forward to your timely response.
Kybrdplyr January 11, 2013 at 04:05 PM
In days past, the principal would have asked suspected participants or their cohorts questions to determine who pulled the prank. Then, if the people responsible were not a part of the high school system asked the police for assistance in cleaning up the mess and performing some community service, like cleaning toilets in the locker room. This is a small issue in the scheme of things (as in the world outside of Darien) and will be handled appropriately, I expect (although already elevated to the level of criminal prosecution that seems really ridiculous.) If your kid was irrevocably harmed by this prank, talk with them. If that doesn't work, send them to therapy. In the meantime, move on everyone.
Chandra Johnson Greene January 11, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Those details were not included in the arrest warrant application either.
not2bdenied January 11, 2013 at 05:50 PM
So just to REPEAT there is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER from the Police or in the arrest warrant showing these guys in the lockeroom and NO EVIDENCE to validate that the equipment had urine on it. Thank you Chandra for confirming this for the Patch and all of its readers.
Jane January 11, 2013 at 06:32 PM
The details of urine or no urine were "not included in the arrest warrant application" does not mean that there was no evidence of urine on the equipment, does it?
RON BURGANDY January 11, 2013 at 06:44 PM
not2b.... you're proving my above comment. Police Administrators, States Attorneys, and Judges (all of whom review and sign off on a warrant) typically don't authorize arrest warrants when there is, as you put it, "no evidence whatsoever." That would be silly, wouldn't it?
doseedare January 11, 2013 at 07:13 PM
There are NO ... repeat NO cameras - OF ANY KIND - in the locker rooms at DHS. There is NO evidence that ANY urine was found in the locker room...just a suspicion that the gallons of water also present covered the whatevers. Most of the chatter on this item is hearsay. One other point: positive ID from the vids is problematical...at best.
Darien Voter January 11, 2013 at 07:31 PM
not2bedenied, Are you suggesting the alleged perps are innocent? Then why did one of the Klein's reportedly confess to the investigating officer and why did three of the alleged perps pursue accelerated rehab? If they are so truely innocent, why didn't they why not wait to fight this out in court? Answer this truthfully: Aren't you simply trying to act as an apologist for a high profile family involved in local political scene?
sebastian dangerfield January 12, 2013 at 02:34 AM
exactly not to be denied is flailing away attacking the reporter, attacking the system-- meanwhile the guy confessed and accepted AR. You dont accept AR and then try to claim you are innocent. Do these people understand that? Getting mad at the wrong people --doesnt make for helping the Klein's. They are not entitled to pee on people's stuff. They confessed--OK?? Not to be denied is acting like jumping to conclusions is a bigger offense than stealing and urinating on stuff. The klein's look bad enough already-- they are the ones who moralize about right and wrong----yet when their own do wrong-they have nothing to say. Ole randy sure has a lot to say when he feels like there is a political issue that he feels slights people--- guess when its one of his own he cant determine right and wrong.....and yeah-when you get on a podium , often, to point out injustices---- show some class and get on that same podium to point out when your own errs.
Freeway Rick January 12, 2013 at 05:29 PM
"Sebastian"- your last comment is obscenely hypocritcal, why attack Randy Klein, it is his ADULT children who are under indigtment, not him as a parent. It rediculous you would criticize him for being so active in volunteering around town, A MAN WHO PUTS HIS FACE AND NAME TO EVERYTHING HE HAS TO SAY, YET THE ONLY OUTLET YOU SMEAR PEOPLE ON IS THE NAMELESS, FACELESS DARIEN PATCH. The Kleins are bold enough to put their names out their constantly in support of an overwhelming minority in the town of Darien. Say what you want about waht their children are accused of, but don't act as if they are responsible. Whether you agree or disagree politically with them they both do on a regular basis what you no doubt are too cowardly too. Hence your incessant commenting on a blog!
sebastian dangerfield January 13, 2013 at 02:29 PM
freeway What are you talking about? you have no idea what randy klein does and doesnt do. for all i know you are randy klein (except randy has shown more intelligence than you -so I doubt it). Thats great that im a coward--hooray for your conclusion that people who write with fake names are cowards ---ok freeway rick? With respect to "its rediculous for me to criticize him being active volunteering around town."-- No, I dont criticize him for volunteering. But , he doesnt volunteer for anything other than pushing a political agenda--one that includes telling people they are uncaring if they dont support his point of view. Look, the klein's are outspoken. When they view something they consider to be an injustice, they speak up. But , in this case they are silent. And the progression of this rant --was that I view this prank as a prank. Pranks most often are vandalizing. It's meant more as a joke, than in any mean way--something to laugh at later. I get that. But people like you and not to be denied, have decided that everyone involved in this --the police, the media, the school security-all should be under the microscope for their handling...... fine-put them under the microscope. Make it bigger than it is--but then all of you extolling the virtues of the Klein's and questioning the integrity of the police and the reporters have opened up a can of worms. I want to call into question why the normally outspoken klein's are mum.
sebastian dangerfield January 13, 2013 at 02:33 PM
dosee explain why the confession should not count in your reaching a conclusion? why they have asked for A/R? When you explain that, instead of saying there are no cameras inside the locker room, i'll listen. Thanks..but I think this case is pretty much solved.
Siwanoy January 13, 2013 at 03:39 PM
If they didn't do it and are using up their AR, they are among the dumbest people i've heard heard of then. You don't use your one "get of jail free card" on something you never did....
Chris Noe January 13, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Siwanoy, Non of these kids are versed at the police game. They probably wouldn't even notice Police Interrogation 101 Example: "Good Cop Bad Cop". This lame tactic works on kids. One cop will get mad and the other will offer him his choice of soda and the dumb kid will start talking. The lesson is: You have the right to remain silent and an attorney. Anything you say can and will be used against you. You don't say anything except request to speak to your attorney. If you get to speak to your attorney consider all lines of communication are being recorded. This includes the "private" room in the police station where you can speak with your lawyer. Do not discuss the charges on a phone or an area that is secure. At the police station your conversation is limited to your release, Promise To Appear or bond, that is all. The cops are trying to build a case against you. They are the enemy. If you get thrown in a cell with someone else they are frequently cops or people who will to testify against you. Say nothing to anyone. Do sit-ups, push ups, run in place, shadow box, karate kid or air guitar. Say nothing.
Chris Noe January 13, 2013 at 05:59 PM
The cop going to Klein's house and getting one son to talk and admit anything was a huge win for the cops. But if he had not been read his Maranda Rights this evidence must be thrown out on that technicallity. Most criminal lawyers around here are pretty bad. If you talk it makes it even harder on them, in turn harder on you. These young men are now being represented by counsel and they must have suggested AR. This is a total cake walk for counsel. They shuffle some papers, throw on a suit and tie, maybe comb their hair and the case is done... for them. It's not done for you... the convicted. Yes this is petty. Unfortunately the Darien Cops have little to do except justify their own existance which they will never do.
sebastian dangerfield January 13, 2013 at 06:51 PM
again--another person deciding that the real focus should be on someone else. i dont doubt that the cops are manipulative--- that being said, these guys did something,, got caught. Chris --you think it's a fair question to ask: "hey , why did 5 of you, enter the opposition locker room? " If you were missing your wallet, and a computer and stuff was urinated on your house, and they have a video of 5 people entering your house (but haha-no video inside the house)--umm dont you think you could conclude that those 5 did it? I mean how many Perry Mason's does it take?
Chris Noe January 13, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Luca, I would piss on my Vista/Dell computer myself. Even tho... Knock on wood it hasn't crashed in a while. I get your point but.... Perry Mason was a defense lawyer. Remember the old murder case in Boulder, Colorado. It was either parent or a third person who killed the girl. The cops don't know so they cannot get a warrant for arrest. My guess is that one of these kids rolled over and spilled his guts to the cops. When I first read the varied charges against each kid it seemed that way. Too frequently the kid who was most malicious will try to implicate others. Who knows what 5 Darein testosterone junkies might have done in the girl's locker room. This could be just the tip of the iceturd. Maybe one of those naughty boys was tring to go #2 in the gym bag and was met with momentary stage fright. As for the backpack, they don't know who really stole it, just who had possession which is larceny.
sebastian dangerfield January 14, 2013 at 04:34 PM
ha Yeh, i know perry mason is a defense lawyer. As in===you and others are defending these guys , by saying the cops are bad people. Im no cop fan. Far from it. But, when you get a confession and opt for A/R I think that the case is closed-and no real reason to go after cops. The guys are not innocent. They messed up. All these people trying to talk about videos not being in the locker room-- forget it. They confessed...and there was no reason for them to enter the N.C locker room anyway--- Its the Klein PR machine. Whenever there have been questions --we get lots of noise about how they are good (and volunteer) and how everyone else needs to reach that same conclusion or they are wrong.
Grace March 05, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Jeck said: "9:58 am on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Hahaha I know these kids from high school, too funny. It's amazing where the "popular" Darien kids end up." ----------------------------- So from this post of yours, I gather you are a young kid and that you weren't popular in high school. When you grow up, maybe you will see the recent train incident differently. I hope so.

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