An Old Saybrook town employee who is also the son of the town's public works director admitted dumping snow on top of a car at the town hall and damaging it after a February snow storm.
In an arrest warrant, 21-year-old Lawrence Bonin Jr. dumped snow on top of a car with a bucket loader.
"It's very unfortunate and unfortunately it sounds like a 21-year-old who hasn't gotten to act like a 21-year-old," said Marilyn Mapes, of Old Saybrook.
Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna said Bonin was a public works transfer station employee for more than three years and was clearing snow after a storm on Feb. 3 when the incident happened.
"This employee a nice young man, but ultimately he made a terrible mistake and it was an intentional act, and we are not tolerant of it," Fortuna said.
Bonin was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal mischief. In the arrest warrant, Bonin admits what he'd done and resigned 10 days later.
Eyewitness News went to his home where he lives with his father, who has been the town's public works director since 1999. No one answered the door.
Lawrence Bonin Sr. was called to the scene.
In the arrest warrant, the elder Bonin told the victim to take the vehicle in for the necessary repairs and the town would reimburse her for the damage and a rental vehicle.
Eyewitness News asked the elder Bonin if he has authority to do that.
"Mr. Bonin made some comments at the scene, as it turns out, the town insurance did not cover this, so I'm assuming that the victim went through own insurance and had the damage repaired," Fortuna said.
Police said what happened was caught on surveillance video. The arrest warrant said the video shows the bucket loader dumping snow on the car not once, but twice. Then, the younger Bonin goes back to plow the lot.
The heavy, wet snow dented the car's entire roof and the antenna. It caused more than $5,000 in damages.
"He just wanted to send a subtle hint to get the person know not to park there next time," the younger Bonin told police, according to court documents.
The younger Bonin was supposed to be in court on Tuesday, but his lawyer rescheduled for March 11.
Depending on what happens in court, the younger Bonin may end up paying for the damages to the car out of his own pocket.
As for the surveillance video, it's being used as evidence and isn't being released.
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