Middletown Painter Charged With Stealing From Homes

Jason Steinnagel, 32, of Bow Lane, Middletown , faces charges of third-degree burglary and third-degree larceny, police said. Full Story
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Thurston Howell III

Springfield, MA

#21 May 16, 2009
amused wrote:
House painters: in a tie-breaker with roofers for being dysfunctional drug addicts.
How true. Up here in Massachusetts we have way to many "roofers" who are just bums operating under the table and with no permits or insurance as required by law.Beware of any alleged adult with a bandana and tattoos unless you are looking to hire a pirate.
Mack

Glastonbury, CT

#22 May 16, 2009
anonymous wrote:
he is actually a really good kid with a graduate degree. drugs and alcohol can take anyone down. not a good move on his part, but no on would even care if this happened in hartford. when it happens to rich white people in glastonbury, that's when it's on the news.
Really good kids don't rob people, and 32 is a little old for you to refer to him as a kid.
A graduate degree doesn't mean you aren't stupid.
And yes, stealing from suburbanites (not everyone is Glastonbury is rich, believe me) gets in the paper. So what.
Since you seem to know this guy, tell us, is his drug of choice Heroin? He seems to fit the look and profile of the losers kicking in doors all over town to support their habit.
Pasquale Daly

Deerfield Beach, FL

#23 May 16, 2009
Thurston Howell III wrote:
<quoted text>
How true. Up here in Massachusetts we have way to many "roofers" who are just bums operating under the table and with no permits or insurance as required by law.Beware of any alleged adult with a bandana and tattoos unless you are looking to hire a pirate.
Now, although I agree, many of these workers are scammers and rip offs.. I do not think you should be judging anyone because they wear a bandana , or have tatoos.. some of the best workers I have hired , sported ink and may of even had chains around their necks.. actually, it's kind of sexy...
Thurston Howell III

Springfield, MA

#24 May 16, 2009
Pasquale Daly wrote:
<quoted text>Now, although I agree, many of these workers are scammers and rip offs.. I do not think you should be judging anyone because they wear a bandana , or have tatoos.. some of the best workers I have hired , sported ink and may of even had chains around their necks.. actually, it's kind of sexy...
I can tell you this. At Howell Industries tattoos and bandana's speed up the interview process considerably.
amused

Fairfield, CT

#25 May 18, 2009
anonymous wrote:
he is actually a really good kid with a graduate degree. drugs and alcohol can take anyone down. not a good move on his part, but no on would even care if this happened in hartford. when it happens to rich white people in glastonbury, that's when it's on the news.
Oh sure. He's obviously wonderful.
Jennifer

Stratford, CT

#26 May 19, 2009
Drug addiction can cause people of good character and morals do things they never would have considered in their right mind. I know Jason and he has been a successful music teacher since 2002 teaching in public schools at all grade levels. When he is clean and sober anyone would be proud to have him teaching their children. Addiction is a horrible disease of the mind and when it rears its ugly head and the addict doesn't use his support system and seek help, desperate decisions to obtain money and drugs unfortunately can be made instead.
jeff

Stratford, CT

#27 May 19, 2009
I'm a recovering addict, and what jennifer says is true. It's like jekyl and hyde. People with the disease of addiction are not inherently bad, they are sick and need to consistently treat thier disease. Working the AA program and doing the 12 steps as laid out in the "big book" is my solution and millions of others.
Unfortunately people are ignorant when it comes to addiction. It is an illness, not a moral dilema. It causes people to make decisions they would never have imagined making. I hope jason finds the path back to recovery and stays out of prison. Jail is the last place a 1st time non-violent drug-related offender should be.
High School Parent

West Hartford, CT

#29 May 21, 2009
Sorry, I dont buy the addiction is an illness theory. No one forced Jason (or anyone for that matter) to even begin taking drugs. Its something you CHOOSE to do voluntarily. An illness is cancer, mental illness, the flu, disabilities such as that. Drug and alcohol fall under the category of behavior you CHOOSE with consenquences. "People with the disease of addiction are not inherently bad"...yeah, well maybe not until they decide to kill someone for $20 for their fix. Yes, thats bad. I dont have sympathy when there are so many support systems out there for these druggies.
amused

Fairfield, CT

#30 May 22, 2009
Jennifer wrote:
Drug addiction can cause people of good character and morals do things they never would have considered in their right mind. I know Jason and he has been a successful music teacher since 2002 teaching in public schools at all grade levels. When he is clean and sober anyone would be proud to have him teaching their children. Addiction is a horrible disease of the mind and when it rears its ugly head and the addict doesn't use his support system and seek help, desperate decisions to obtain money and drugs unfortunately can be made instead.
While you are right about this, at the present time the guy IS a drug addict and therefore IS a danger to the rest of us. Sorry, but he should be set straight the DIRECT WAY.
anonymous

Brockton, MA

#31 Jun 7, 2009
Mack wrote:
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Really good kids don't rob people, and 32 is a little old for you to refer to him as a kid.
A graduate degree doesn't mean you aren't stupid.
And yes, stealing from suburbanites (not everyone is Glastonbury is rich, believe me) gets in the paper. So what.
Since you seem to know this guy, tell us, is his drug of choice Heroin? He seems to fit the look and profile of the losers kicking in doors all over town to support their habit.
All over town? Glastonbury? I seriously doubt it. Clearly you know nothing about addiction. It has nothing to do with intelligence. I was trying to illustrate this by citing his degree.
Jason Steinnagel

Monroe, CT

#32 Mar 14, 2013
The charges were dropped. I am not a criminal, have no record and am not addicted to any drug.

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