Attorney arrested for additional golf club thefts

An attorney who lives in Fairfield was arrested again Wednesday, Aug. 7, charged with stealing golf equipment from area courses and country clubs.

Garrett Denniston

Garrett Denniston

Garrett A. Denniston, 35, of Jackman Avenue, was charged with third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree larceny and fourth-degree larceny.

Denniston was originally arrested on June 12 after he allegedly grabbed a set of golf clubs from the Patterson Club and ran. Employees and club members chased after Dennison, who threw the clubs into a flower bed. He continued to flee toward the Merritt Parkway, but his pursuers caught him.

Police found that Denniston had two pipes they believed were used for drug consumption, as well as pills with no container.

The clubs Denniston allegedly attempted to snag were valued at $3,000.

Denniston was charged with fourth-degree larceny, fourth-degree criminal attempt at larceny, possession of a prescription medication outside of its original container and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond then was $500.

Also found in Denniston’s gray 2006 Audi A4, police said, were clubs stolen from H. Smith Richardson, D. Fairchild Wheeler and the Mill River Country Club in Stratford, although officials in Stratford have not confirmed that they are involved in any investigation and club officials said no thefts have been reported.

Denniston was an attorney with Bishop, Jackson & Kelly. Stratford Town Attorney Tim Bishop told The Stratford Star, the Sun’s sister publication, that Denniston was put on administrative leave after his initial arrest in June.

“He was very cooperative in transitioning his matters to replacement attorneys,” Bishop wrote in an email to The Star.

Denniston then left the BJK firm and started his own practice, according to Bishop, a partner in Bishop, Jackson & Kelly.

Bridgeport police charged Denniston with fourth-degree larceny on July 19, dating back to a theft alleged to have occurred May 29.

One third-degree larceny charge and the fourth-degree burglary charge filed Wednesday by Fairfield police date to another incident May 29, in which Denniston allegedly broke into the pro shop at H. Smith Richardson Golf Course, 2425 Morehouse Highway.

Police responded the next morning, after employees reported a staff bag used for instruction, worth $1,000, and a Callaway staff bag, worth $2,500, missing from the pro shop. Police found signs that the window had been pried open and screens removed to allow access.

An employee of the restaurant told officers she saw a man running from the woods, then heard a “bang.” Scared, she closed the restaurant and left. On her way out, she saw a dark Audi parked along the woods near the club.

Bond was $1,000 for the charges related to the Smith Richardson theft, and $5,000 related to the other counts lodged Wednesday morning.

Police said they found evidence, including receipts, that Denniston had sold some of the equipment in Portland.

— Greg Reilly contributed to this story.

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