Shelton Condo Owners Arrested After They Launch Investigation Into Property Manager

Copyright 2012

Three Shelton condo owners who are investigating the property manager of their complex because they believe he billed them improperly, were arrested today after the manager accused them of stealing documents, according to police.

Joseph Miller, 79, was the first one arrested today when he turned himself in to Trumbull police after receiving a letter informing him that a warrant had been issued accusing him and two fellow condo owners of sixth degree larceny, said deputy Trumbull police chief Michael Harry, who said he wasn’t intimately aware of the case.

Kathy Benedetto, 56, and Joan Pagliuco, 66, of the same complex – Sunwood Condominiums – turned themselves in today and were also booked.

The charges were made by Gary Knauf, owner of County Management in Trumbull, and an employee – who only identified herself to CtCondoNews as Darleen. According to Benedetto, the two (Knauf and Darleen) told police that the three walked out of the County Management office without paying the $205 fee for copies of financial documents relating to their investigation of Knauf. Police confirmed the gist of the complaint.

“I guess they asked for copies of documents,” Harry said. “They stayed in the office for three hours and left. The took everything without paying $205 for it.”


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7 Comments on "Shelton Condo Owners Arrested After They Launch Investigation Into Property Manager"

  1. Colon McEnroe | August 3, 2012 at 8:40 am |

    Were they informed up front that they would be charged for the copies? If not, the charges should be dismissed. If they were informed, then guilty as charged.

    • George Gombossy | August 3, 2012 at 9:06 am |

      Not that simple my friend. They were told they would be charged, but were not told what the charge would be, according to them.

      • patricia potts | August 3, 2012 at 10:54 am |

        They should have left the documents if they did not want to pay for them. Taking the documents without payment is theft. Let’s get real – an intentional theft did occur

        • You need a lot more facts to make the statement that they didn’t want to pay and that it was intentional.

      • Colon McEnroe | August 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm |

        Well, they should have been told up front what the charges were, I am sure it is by the amount of copies they made. If they didn’t agree with it, they they shouldn’t have made the copies, or they shouldn’t have stolen what they did copy. Sorry, but the association is correct in this.

  2. This case will not be prosecuted.

  3. I agree there isn’t enough info here, but what a joke! Think about it, if the unit owners walked out of the office with the documents, the management company, who had to prepare those documents, could have easily contacted them (I assume they know where their clients live). Regardless of the outcome, I hope the board finds a new management company. It’s absurd!

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