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'Puppy Doe' suspect linked to church theft

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By Dana Griffin



NEW BEDFORD, MA- The man facing charges in the Massachusetts dog-beating case that drew national attention was arraigned today. But, now he's facing new charges for stealing checks from a New Bedford church.

It's doesn't make sense to those who knew 32–year–old, Radoslaw Czerkawksi.

"I could not believe this. Dog abusing is just horrible," said church volunteer, Suzanne Sullivan.

He's accused of torturing a female pit–bull back in August, and now for stealing from the St. Lawrence Church in New Bedford.

Parishioner, Jessica Murphy said, "Really not comforting knowing that people are posing to believe in God and work in churches when they are obviously really screwed up people."

The Poland native wanted to be a minister. He often volunteered at St. Lawrence to cook and clean, and was at Mass every Sunday.

"He would do anything you asked. He was sociable. Anything that would make you think he would do something like that, that's appalling," said Sullivan.

New Bedford Police Captain, Steven Vicente said, "From what we understand, he did have access to the certain areas of the rectory, namely a computer and we believe the checks were stored nearby in a file cabinet and he was able to locate them and take them."

It wasn't until after Czerkawksi left for Canada, that the church realized $6,000 was missing from their account.

Police only had his name and the suspect had no prior criminal record. That is, until three weeks ago when Quincy police called about an animal cruelty suspect that sounded familiar.

Vicente said, "They were able to link the two and make the connection between the two names and we found out that it was the same person."

Sullivan adds, "People that hurt animals, I call that evil. He's got a streak somewhere and we're just lucky that it was just checks and that it wasn't something worst."

Czerkawksi faces 11 animal cruelty charges and 11 counts of larceny.

It could be a while before he's brought back to New Bedford to face the larceny charges.

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