A gesture of kindness by police allowed the five men arrested in the Turkey Bowl urination incident to turn themselves in three weeks after arrest warrants were issued. Police emphasized this did not constitute special treatment, however.
The incident, which occurred at the Thanksgiving Day football game against long-time rival New Canaan, brought off-the-record speculation by anonymous sources that special treatment was given to the men because two are the sons of a former first selectwoman. Police have called that “preposterous.”
In an email to The Darien Times, Capt. Fred Komm said the investigation was undertaken in the same manner as all other cases.
It “was accomplished in a professionally thorough, complete, and comprehensive manner absent any type of favoritism factor,” Komm said.
In a later email, Komm said the department “made specific arrangements with their respective attorneys to have them turn themselves in” over Christmas break, “as they are all in college.”
“The matter of their arrest was not an urgent situation as they did not pose a risk to public safety,” Komm stated.
Two of the men arrested are sons of former First Selectwoman Evonne Klein.
Four of the men arrested were identified within days of the incident, according to court documents. Those were Greg Klein, Michael Klein, Kevin Green and Rocco Colandro. Sometime after Nov. 27, all five men were identified. William Canning was the last one recognized as involved in the incident, according to the affidavit, and was brought to police attention when Michael Klein told them that Canning went into the locker room with him. Canning’s identity was later confirmed using a 2009 Darien High School yearbook, according to court records.
Even though he was the last to be identified, police had called Canning the day after the incident. Police said he was asked to come to headquarters to discuss the matter, but Canning said he was busy and hung up. Police left messages for him on at least two phone numbers but nobody responded, according to the affidavit.
Michael is the only one being charged with larceny, as camera footage showed him leaving the locker room with bag that he did not carry in with him, according to the affidavit.
“Michael repeatedly stated to [police] several times during the conversation that he ‘didn’t think anything of it’ as it was only a ‘$15 bag’,” the affidavit said. At that point, a relative with Michael’s intervened and prevented him from speaking any further, it continued.
The video showed Colandro and Green standing outside the locker room while the Kleins entered the room, the affidavit states, acting as “look outs.” According to witness testimony, Greg walked out of the locker room “fixing the zipper area of his pants…”
All five were also seen on video giving each other high-fives, and appearing “excited,” the affidavit says.
Attorney Mark Sherman, Green’s defense attorney, said he believes the surveillance tapes will vindicate his client.
“We are hopeful the video footage will clear Kevin of the vandalism charges, and we will work diligently to see these charges dismissed,” Sherman said.
Sherman called police and said he wanted Green to speak with them, but that Green did not want to, the affidavit states.
The New Canaan team had set up in the girls locker room, and several groups of girls were seen entering the locker room, but a witness told police that he was not suspicious of this activity.
When asked by police if they went into the locker room, Michael reportedly said they went there to use the bathroom. All five men went into the bathroom at one point, according to the video, although Colandro and Green were only inside for 10 seconds. Canning and the Kleins were in the locker room for about two minutes, according to the affidavit.
Police attempts to reach Colandro were also unsuccessful, police said, and he did not return calls to police.
The Kleins, both 21, applied for accelerated rehabilitation on Monday, Jan. 7, which allows for those without a previous record to get a set probation period, after which they receive a clean record pending no further incidents. Court documents show both Kleins were arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 26. They are due back in court on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Green, 22, who was arrested on Friday, Dec. 28, had his case continued until Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Additional reporting by Yevgeniya Davydov