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Bail set at $500K for 'Puppy Doe' suspect for larceny charges

Posted by dinouye  February 11, 2014 02:51 PM

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Animal lovers and supporters of the abused Quincy dog, known as "Puppy Doe" and "Kiya", gather in front of the Norfolk Superior Court.

The man accused of torturing a Quincy dog was held on $500,000 cash bail for allegedly stealing $130,000 from the elderly woman for whom he was a caretaker.

At an arraignment Tuesday at Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, Radoslaw Czerkawski, a 32-year-old Polish immigrant, pleaded not guilty through an interpreter to 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.

Though prosecutors asked that bail be denied, Czerkawski’s attorney requested a nominal bail because he is already being held on 12 animal-cruelty charges and a count of misleading a police investigation.

Judge Thomas Connors eventually set $500,000 cash bail without prejudice, with the understanding that bail will be discussed at the next hearing on March 5.

“When he was arraigned at Quincy District Court, he had $500,000 cash bail. That was sufficient enough to get his appearance here. I’d argue it would be same bail…with understanding at March 5 [we will request that] he will be held without bail,” said Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor, who is prosecuting the larceny charges.

Connor said the larceny charges involved three separate incidents.

Attorneys have previously said the family of the elderly woman, identified as 95-year-old Janina Stock in police reports, hired Czerkawski because they both spoke Polish.

Czerkawski lived with Stock from January 2013 until her death in late August, Connor said.

In March, Czerkawski allegedly took Stock, who had dementia, to a Citizens Bank and presented her as his grandmother, Connor said. Employees gave Czerkawski a letter to enable him to conduct business on her behalf.

Czerkawski redeemed $112,000 in the woman’s savings bonds and deposited them into a joint account. He then withdrew $50,000 into a personal account and spent that money, Connor said.

Connor said Czerkawski went back on Sept. 13 and redeemed $18,000 in savings bond and deposited that into a Citizens account for personal use.

After he was arrested on the animal-cruelty charges, police found a large amount of jewelry and coins that had been located in the family home.

In total, Connor said, $130,000 was taken.

A pretrial conference on the animal cruelty charges was postponed to March 5. A pretrial conference will also occur on that date for the larceny charges.

Animal activists in attendance were disappointed that majority of the court proceedings had been postponed.

“We knew there were new charges, but we thought the pretrial conference would move forward,” said Nancy Harris, who sported a coat with a picture of the abused dog, who has been called "Puppy Doe," on the back.

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