MILFORD — An Orange man who had a truck taken away when cops accused him of buying it fraudulently allegedly stole the vehicle back a year later — from the police department’s parking lot.
The allegation is one of many twists and turns in the case of Anthony Villano, a former Post Road restaurateur now confined to his home after being arrested six times since last May.
The former owner of Villano’s and Gaetano’s restaurants and a partner in several other eateries, the 59-year-old Villano is embroiled in dozens of lawsuits with former business associates and lawyers who used to represent him.
He also faces charges in seven separate criminal cases.
He has pleaded not guilty and maintained his innocence. On Tuesday, he asked Judge Peter Brown to let him travel to Italy briefly to visit an older brother in ill health.
The judge denied the request.He told Villano he imposed “stringent” conditions on his release because of “the multiplicity of charges that you’ve picked up in this jurisdiction and other jurisdictions.”“Obviously you’re presumed innocent of every one of these charges,” Judge Brown said. “You have a right to go to trial on these matters ultimately if that’s what you wish to do. […]