Officer’s son charged with gun theft
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | January 23,2013
The son of a Rutland County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant denied charges of stealing his father’s sidearm along with other items taken from the home of Frank Wilk, Jr., last week.
Jaron E. Wilk, 24, of Clarendon, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court Tuesday to felony charges of burglary and grand larceny for allegedly breaking into his parents’ home Jan. 15 and using a power drill to remove the hinges from a safe.
Jaron Wilk was freed at the end of the hearing and left with his father with whom he will live under court ordered conditions that include a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
The theft of Frank Wilk’s loaded .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic spurred an investigation by Vermont State Police.
Wilk’s son, who police say had called his parents earlier in the day Jan. 15 seeking money, was quickly identified as a suspect due to the timing of his call, the knowledge he had for entering the home and cracking the safe and his documented substance abuse problems, State Police Sgt. Thomas Mozzer wrote in an affidavit filed in court.
Mozzer wrote that the break-in at Frank Wilk’s Clarendon home took place while the lieutenant and his wife were at a movie theater in Rutland.
Tools belonging to Wilk along with keys in a secured area were used to enter the house, open a safe and access several other valuables including a watch, checks and $2,000 in cash.
In the following days, the Wilks said they didn’t hear from their son who usually kept in close contact with them.
However, Frank Wilk sent his son several text messages asking him to return the stolen items, Mozzer wrote. On Sunday, the lieutenant found his stolen firearm left in his mailbox.
The next day, Wilk’s boss, Sheriff Stephen Benard said he was visiting Rutland Regional Medical Center when he ran unexpectedly into Jaron Wilk and his girlfriend.
Benard said he tried to strike up a conversation with Wilk, who acknowledged returning the gun to his father.
But when the sheriff offered to buy the couple dinner while they waited for state police to arrive, Jaron Wilk allegedly tried to escape and had to be physically restrained, the sheriff said.
“He began to walk away from me and I had to physically restrain him,” Benard wrote. “He became aggressive again, pulling out of his coat and shirt in an attempt to flee. I placed him in an arm hold and secured him against the wall.”
In subsequent interviews with state police and his parents, Jaron Wilk said he needed money to obtain Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opiate addictions, such as heroin use.