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.

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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