Man with Affinity for Tennis Faces Charges in Old Greenwich

Greenwich Police arrested a Bridgeport man on Friday after receiving a report of a man looking into vehicles in the area of Innis Arden Golf Club in Old Greenwich on a report of a possible Larceny. When police arrived they located a suspect matching the description of the reporting party.

Police detained Ronald Garafalo, 64, of Bridgeport. Video surveillance from the club showed Garafalo, who is not a member of the club, illegally entering the clubhouse and exiting in possession of a tennis racquet.

Garafalo was charged with Simple Trespass and Larceny 6. His bond was set at $2,500, which he was unable to post, and he has a date in Stamford Superior Court on Oct 11, 2019.

According to Lt Slusaz, “Once we identified him, we already had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.”

Police had a warrant for Mr. Garafalo for Larceny 5 for stemming from an incident on the afternoon of July 31 when police say he was caught onĀ  surveillance footage stealing cash from the office.

Police also had a warrant for Garafalo’s arrest for an incident at Old Greenwich Tennis Academy stemming back to March 5, 2019 when police say he entered the tennis academy office and stole $200 cash that was inside an envelope. He was identified from surveillance footage, taken into custody and charged with Larceny 6. His bond for this incident was set at $25,000 which he was unable to post.

Asked why Garafalo might have returned to a location twice, Lt Slusarz said, “Criminals are generally lazy and if they get away with it, they tend to go back.”

According to the CT Judicial Branch website Mr. Garafalo has several convictions for crimes in Greenwich including one for Larceny 6 stemming back to March 10, 2014 where he was sentenced to 90 days in jail; one for Burglary 3 (class D felony) stemming back to April 10, 2016 which resulted in 3 years in jail; and one for Burglary 3 stemming back to March 20, 2014 and 18 months in jail.