October 20, 2014

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Thieves hit captain’s unlocked vehicle

EATON TWP. — Thieves that have been stealing from unlocked cars scored a police radio and a pair of handcuffs last week when they got into a sheriff’s deputy’s car.

Capt. Jim Drozdowski said he parked his county vehicle outside his  home last Wednesday but apparently forgot to lock the door. The next morning, he found that he, along with several of his neighbors, were shy a few possessions they’d left in their cars. Drozdowski said he’s pretty good about locking his car, but he was in a hurry that night. It’s a mistake that will cost him.“I sat down and talked with the sheriff about it, and there’s a possibility I’ll get a write-up,” he said. “It’s my fault. I screwed up.

If Sheriff Phil Stammitti does write up Drozdowski, it would be only the second blemish on his record. Drozdowski said he was written up once before, in the late 1990s, after getting in a car accident on his way to work.

To add insult to injury, Drozdowski said, the thieves also made a mess of his car, tossing papers he had in his briefcase all over the place. Still, the radio won’t do its new owners much good. It’s on a localized frequency that’s only good within half a mile of the county jail, and Drozdowski said the battery has only about eight hours of life, so unless the thieves have a charger that fits the battery, they won’t get much use out of it.

Contact Brad Dicken at 653-6258 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.