Darien town employee charged with theft

DARIEN - An employee with the Darien Public Works Department is facing charges after police say he stole money commuters left to pay for parking.

Robert Mattera, 50, was in charge of checking that cars at the train station had the proper parking voucher and ticketing those that did not.

Police say many commuters believed they could simply leave the correct amount of $3 under their windshield wipers instead of buying the town-approved vouchers.

Mattera is accused of taking that cash and pocketing it. He's charged with larceny.

Police say Mattera claims he would take the money and purchase the vouchers, although they say they have evidence to the contrary.

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