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Man charged with Quincy dog torture indicted for larceny

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 10, 2014 11:30 AM

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The Polish immigrant accused of torturing a Quincy dog has been indicted on four larceny charges for allegedly stealing from the elderly woman for whom he was a caretaker.

Radoslaw Czerkawski, 32, was indicted Friday on two counts of larceny of property over $250, one count of larceny of property over $250 from a person over the age of 60, and one count of attempted larceny.

He will be arraigned Tuesday at Norfolk Superior Court.

“The financial exploitation aspect of this case has involved a far-reaching and involved examination of bank and other financial records through the grand jury process,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a release. “This has involved a tremendous volume of hard work by Quincy Police … and the State Police detectives assigned to the DA’s Office, as well as Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor, who brought it through grand jury.”

The arraignment will coincide with the pretrial conference for the 12 charges of animal cruelty and a charge of misleading a police investigation, previously scheduled for Tuesday.

Czerkawski’s attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf during the Dec. 19 arraignment on the animal cruelty charges. Czerkawshi was held without bail and was scheduled to come back to court in February.

Though the larceny indictments are new, the theft allegations surfaced during the Dec. 19 arraignment.

As police investigated Czerkawski’s alleged involvement in the serial torture of a pit bull found near death at a Quincy park in late Augst., they also discovered he had allegedly stolen from the elderly woman with whom he was living.

Morrissey previously said that the family of the 95-year-old woman had hired Czerkawski to take care of the woman, who was also Polish. In court, the woman has been identified as JS, but Quincy police reports have identified her as Janina Stock.

Stock was found dead in her home Aug. 31, the same day the abused dog was discovered in Quincy. Police have said that foul play is not suspected in Stock’s death.

However, further investigation into Czerkawski pointed to financial abuse. At the December arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Tracey Cusick, who is prosecuting the case, said police found the elderly woman’s passport, jewelry, bank papers and receipts with Czerkawski’s when he was arrested on the animal cruelty charges.

Bank statements and canceled checks showed that approximately $100,000 in checks made out to the elderly women were deposited to a joint account between the suspect and the old woman.

Cusick said Czerkawski had deposited $50,000 of the money to another account only in his name. Statements found in the car showed he made several cash withdrawals from the account, Cusick said.

Czerkawski also allegedly took over $100,000 in savings bonds belonging to the woman, Cusick said, some of which had been redeemed at banks.

Separately, Czerkawski has been accused of stealing about $6,000 from a New Bedford church. He has not been arraigned on those charges.

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