11/17/2016 - PRESS RELEASE: New Milford man arrested for car burglary:


Date:             November 17, 2016

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 previous arrests. 


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.