Second Man Charged in 2020 Gunpoint Robbery of People’s Bank in New Canaan

Authorities on Friday arrested a 50-year-old Stamford man in connection with the October 2020 gunpoint robbery of a bank on Main Street in New Canaan. Frank Pensiero was charged in the Oct. 28, 2020 robbery at People’s United Bank in New Canaan, as well as two other robberies in Fairfield and Stratford on Oct. 13, 2020, according to a press release issued by Vanessa Roberts Avery, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Jean Pierre Njock, acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Haven Division. In New Canaan, Pensiero displayed a handgun to a teller, provided her with a note demanding money, verbally threatened to kill her and other employees and ordered them to lie on the floor.

Podcast: The Substances Available to Local Kids

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to New Canaan CARES Executive Director Judy Phillips and New Canaan Police School Resource Officer Jeff Deak about substances now accessible to local kids and their effect on youth. Please note that Deak and Yale School of Medicine Research Assistant Tricia Dahl are speaking during a program to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Saxe Middle School auditorium. “Kids Menu: The Substances Available To Our Kids These Days And The Effects On Their Lives” is designed for middle and high school families. Students are invited and encouraged to attend (register here).

Criminal Mischief Charge for New Canaan Man, 46

Police on Monday arrested a 46-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with fourth-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. At about 3:40 p.m. on Jan. 16, officers responded to an Old Stamford Road home on a report of a dispute between the man and another occupant of the residence, police said. Following an investigation, police arrested the man on the misdemeanor charges and took him into custody, it said. Police withheld details of the incident, saying it’s a domestic matter.

Drug-Related Charges for Man, 31

Police on Friday arrested a 31-year-old Bronx, N.Y. man and charged him with possession of a controlled substance and use of drug paraphernalia. At about 7:42 p.m. on Jan. 13, officers were dispatched to the area of Carter Street and Pocconock Trail on a report of a man walking in the middle of the roadway, police said. Officers contacted the man and, following an investigation, brought the misdemeanor charges, according to a police report. He was released after promising to appear Jan.