Former Bridgeport parks’ employee arrested on gun charge
MONROE - A former supervisor with Bridgeport’s parks department has been charged with having a stolen gun.
Michael Pinto, 56, who was arrested in August on drug charges, was arrested again on Friday after police said one of the 40 guns they found in Pinto’s home turned out to be stolen.
Pinto is married to police Sgt. Jennifer Pinto, a 28-year veteran of the Stamford Police Department and a supervisor in the internal affairs unit until her husband’s arrest. Police said she is not a suspect in her husband’s alleged crimes.
On Aug. 18, Pinto was charged with two counts of possession of narcotics with intent to sell and failure to keep drugs in their original container, after police said raided the Driftwood Road home and found cocaine packaged for sale, loose prescription medications, weapons, and cash.
Monroe police said Pinto’s arrest came after a joint investigation between the Stamford Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Monroe Police Department.
Monroe Police Lt. Stephen Corrone said Stamford Police Department Narcotics Unit had been working a cocaine sale investigation with connections to Monroe. Through the investigation they uncovered a consistent delivery to Monroe, he said.
“This information was used to develop Michael Pinto as a suspect. He was believed to be selling the cocaine out of his Driftwood Road home,” Corrone said.
Police said during a search of Pinto’s home they found 40 guns. They said they subsequently ran a check on the guns and one, a .32-caliber handgun, was found to have been reported stolen from Portland, OR.
Pinto founded Snappy Dogs in 2007, a stand that sold hot dogs and other food outside the Fairfield County Courthouse on Main Street here.
He later went to work for the City of Bridgeport Parks Department before injuring his back in October 2010 when he and three other city employees lifted a sports utility vehicle off a young boy on East Main Street in Bridgeport.