Radoslaw Artur Czerkawski, 32, the Polish immigrant accused of abusing and torturing a young, two-year-old pit bull dubbed "Puppy Doe" in Quincy, Mass. is also a prime suspect in a New Bedford church robbery reports Tuesday's CBS Local.com.
New Bedford police recently contacted Quincy authorities about a robbery from the St. Lawrence Church during the summer of 2012 where Czerkawski lived for a few months. When he left, there were numerous checks missing of more than $6,000 from the rectory. Some of the checks were cashed in Czerkawski's name.
Two Quincy detectives and the Assistant District Attorney have been working on the "Puppy Doe" case full time since the dog was found lying near death and horribly tortured on August 31.
Leads began to pour in as the reward for finding the culprit of the dastardly deed continued to climb. Donations from around the world have helped to bring more awareness to the investigation.
Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan told Boston.com:
“The Quincy police as well as the Norfolk District Attorney’s office have worked tirelessly on this case since its inception. We took the matter very seriously. It was a grave concern to us. Our detectives have been working pretty much around the clock...took a little bit of time because we wanted to be sure we got it right."
It appears as if Czerkawski purchased the dog, and at the time was living at a home on Whitwell Street where he had been caring for an elderly woman. The woman has since died; no foul play is suspected, however Czerkawski has no license to be a home health care assistant.
Czerkawski has been charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty including misleading a police investigation.
And on the arrest of Czerkawski, the Facebook page, Justice for Puppy Doe, ignited with emotion, more information, and a special tribute to a tortured young dog who deserves justice. Out came the following post just hours ago:
"Today is a great day in the battle for justice for Puppy Doe and a great day for people who fight for animal rights every single day. We say it's got to stop & we aren't going anywhere!"
Everyone is thinking about you Puppy Doe. May you be resting in peace.
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