Norwalk Police: ‘Huffing’ Suspect Arrested On Burglary Charges

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Clayton Gandini, 41, of Norwalk was arrested on burglary charges Saturday by Norwalk police.
Clayton Gandini, 41, of Norwalk was arrested on burglary charges Saturday by Norwalk police. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. – A 41-year-old Norwalk man, who police said had been inhaling compressed air from a canister, was arrested on burglary and other charges Saturday after he broke into a Kettle Road home, police said.

Clayton Gandini, of Fillow Street, was charged with criminal impersonation, third-degree burglary and criminal attempt to commit burglary at about 2:50 p.m. after the homeowner detained Gandini until officers arrived, police said.

According to Sgt. Thomas Roncinske, Gandini was first seen wandering around houses on nearby Spring Hill Avenue. Residents in the area described him to police as a white male, wearing a baseball hat, jeans, a gray T-shirt and flip-flops, and he was seen driving a black Subaru Impreza.

A short while later, Gandini broke into the Kettle Road home through a rear sliding door, police said. When the homeowner asked him who he was and what he was doing in the house, Gandini told him he was an FBI agent with NCIS and that he was on a case, police said.

Roncinske said officers found cans of compressed air in Gandini’s possession, which Gandini said he had been “huffing,” a slang term for inhaling the contents to get high.

Gandini was held on $50,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on May 29.

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@Norwalk Truth, as the person who caught and detained Mr. Gandini until several fine members of the Norwalk Police Department arrived, I take issue with your comment. I can understand your typing nonsense while cozy and safe at home, but, if a drugged up off-his-meds known felon (the story does not mention that Mr. Gandini is a paroled felon with an extensive record) breaks into your home, I am sure that you would not be able to handle the situation on your own, and I am further certain that you would call the Norwalk Police Department to help you. In short, show a little respect for the men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis; even for ungrateful and insulting citizens such as yourself.

I agree..

Respect goes a long way, who wants to protect an ingrate..I hear this fellow who was arrested, is a very sad story, not sure of the logistics, I;m grateful however that he is now where he needs to be, let's hope the State of Connecticut can step up and provide this man with the nessesary help he needs.

When I first read this I thought the NPD actually caught some one. Then i read " after the homeowner detained Gandini until officers arrived, police said. " Well at least Norwalk's dumbest still have the perfect record..Zero solved crimes.

Its sad these things go on, but it doesnt mean we shouldnt feel safe. As long as theres people around some will do some weird stuff.

This guy looks really familiar! Jesus Christ, where is it safe? I live one block from this crime!