St. Lucie County Commissioner Arrested for Grand Theft
St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky has been arrested on grand theft charges. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday and is potentially facing time in prison if convicted. Grand theft is actually quite a common crime. Whether the act of theft is determined to be grand theft or petty theft determines on the value of the property or money stolen. If the money or value of the property stolen is greater than $300, it
is considered grand theft with a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or more.
St. Lucie County Theft
According to an article in WPTV News, St. Lucie County Commissioner Christ Dzadovsky was arrested on grand theft charges that do not relate to his position as commissioner. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday after allegedly turning himself in to authorities. He has been accused of stealing a swimming pool heater.
According to the arrest affidavit, Dzadovsky admitted to taking the heater back in February from his ex-fiancee’s Fort Pierce home on South 10th Street. But the District 1 commissioner and board chairman said the incident is really just a big misunderstanding, according to WPTV News. Police say Dzadovsky lived in the home with his ex-fiancee, until the relationship ended in 2006. She died last year. Now, the home is up for sale.
According to the affidavit, Dzadovsky told detectives the reason he removed the heater was to fix a leak. But detectives say a pool expert checked the recovered heater and found no leaks. Dzadovsky said he will continue to serve on the county commission, according to WPTV News.
Dzadovsky will only be removed if Gov. Rick Scott chooses to remove him, which is unlikely because the charges are unrelated to his position as commissioner.
Grand theft can cost you time in prison and heavy fines as well as paying restitution. Many theft charges can be resolved through a diversion program called
pre-trial intervention. If you want to take responsibility for the theft
charge, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can take the money you would otherwise pay us and use it
instead to pay restitution, fine, and court costs. Contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately.