Re: Car Burglary Arrest
Issued by: Det.
Sgt. Jeremiah P. Marron Jr.
For Immediate Release
Darien, CT – At approximately 4:00pm on November 16, 2016 officers met
with a 46 year old Greenwich woman who explained that she observed someone
enter her car when it was parked at McGuane Field behind the Noroton Heights
Fire Department. The victim was with a
small child on the playground and her vehicle was parked nearby.
At one point while on the playground, the victim looked over toward her
vehicle and observed that the passenger side front door was open. She then
observed a subject inside her vehicle at which time she yelled out to him and
confronted him. The subject claimed that he was not inside her vehicle, but
instead was “only leaning on the car.” Nothing
was removed from the vehicle. The victim
did not immediately contact this agency because she was unsure of what to do
however she did take a photo of the subject and took note of the license plate
on his vehicle. The victim then came to
police headquarters approximately twenty minutes later.
The registered owner of
the suspect vehicle was identified as Scott Palmenta DOB 09/18/1971 of 382 Kent
Rd New Milford, CT. Palmenta has an
extensive criminal history and officers positively identified him as the
suspect by comparing the photo the victim took with several mugshots from
Darien officers then
notified surrounding agencies of the incident and gave out Palmenta’s vehicle
description. At approximately 6:00pm
the New Canaan Police Department contacted this agency and advised that they
had just taken Palmenta into custody for a similar incident that took place at
Waveny Park. Once New Canaan Police processed Palmenta for
their charges, he was turned over to this agency.
At headquarters Palmenta was fingerprinted, photographed, and fully
processed for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree. During processing it was determined that
Palmenta was still on probation. After officers
contacted the Office of Adult Probation a “Remand To Custody Order” was issued for
Palmenta. He was then held overnight without
bond and was arraigned at Stamford Superior Court this morning at 10:00am. This incident is still under investigation
and detectives are exploring any connections that Palmenta may have to other
incidents in Darien or surrounding towns.