Condo Owners Arrested After Prompting Property Manager Investigation

Shelton--79-year-old condo owner and two neighbors arrested by Trumbull police after property manager accused the three of stealing his financial documents.

By George Gombossy

Editor's note: This article was originally posted on August 1 in the Local Voices section of . Copyright 2012 CtCondoNews.com

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 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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