Manager charged with stealing from residents
NAPLES — A small blue sign in Robert Adamczewski’s North Naples yard warns potential thieves that his home is monitored by ADT home security.
But authorities say it wasn’t Adamczewski who needed protection from thieves. It was the residents of the high-end Naples condo complex he’s managed for the last three years.
Last week, detectives from the Naples police department linked Adamczewski, 63, to at least eight burglaries and thousand of dollars in thefts from the Meridian Club Condominium, 4901 Gulfshore Blvd., including the theft of jewelry, electronics, pool supplies, paper towels, toilet paper and even a Dan Brown novel. Most of the thefts appear to have occurred within the last month, however, police say they linked Adamczewski to the theft of a $350 flat-screen television from a Meridian unit in January 2008.
When reached outside his home Monday morning and asked if he denied the accusations, Adamczewski said “unfortunately not,” though he only admitted to burglarizing four homes. He blamed his actions on an obsessive compulsive disorder.
“I think it’s a mental thing,” Adamczewski said. “I’m going to see my lawyer tomorrow.”
Over the last three weeks, police started receiving reports of thefts of items worth more than $10,000 from Meridian residents.
“I then met with Adamczewski because he was the building manager,” Detective Robert Young said. “During the course of my investigation, I realized that all these burglaries, there was no sign of any forced entry, so it was fairly obvious that somebody had a key.”
Young said he ran criminal history and pawn history checks on the maintenance man, housekeeper and security guards, who all had access to master keys. They all came back clean.
Adamczewski, however, did not.
“I noticed during the time frame of all these burglaries, he pawned six expensive pieces of jewelry, which matched on paper with jewelry that was stolen during the burglaries,” Young said.
When Young informed condo President Wayne Williams that Adamczewski was a suspect in the burglaries, Williams told him the complex’s supply costs had skyrocketed recently, Young said. Hundreds of boxes of tissues, rolls of toilet paper, cans of insect killer, cleaning supplies and pool supplies were unaccounted for.
Much of the stolen property was recovered last week when detectives served a search warrant at Adamczewski’s home, 9638 Oxford St. Inside his garage, they found tubs filled with thousands of dollars worth of the stolen supplies, neatly organized and categorized.
He had more toilet paper than anyone could ever use, Young said.
"He’s got a lot of perversions. He’s got a collection of pornography that you could never watch that many videos if you lived to be 200 years old.”
Naples Police Detective Robert Young about Robert Adamczewski
“He’s a hoarder,” Young said. “He’s got a lot of perversions. He’s got a collection of pornography that you could never watch that many videos if you lived to be 200 years old.”
Neighbors described Adamczewski as a quirky man who wasn’t unfriendly, but didn’t have much contact with other people in the neighborhood. Carol Leedom, who lives across the street, said Adamczewski never brought out garbage and drove fast through the neighborhood.
“We just thought he was a very odd person,” she said.
Police arrested Adamczewski last Wednesday, and have since charged him with three counts of burglary, eight counts of grand theft, and one count of petty theft. He bonded out of jail on Saturday night, putting his house up as collateral, authorities said.
Williams, the condo president, described Adamczewski as a hard worker, but something of a loner.
“We were extremely surprised,” Williams said. “The previous board had run a background check on the individual. Unfortunately something happened in his life that caused him to do what he did.”
Meridian resident Sylvia Conde, 86, had $8,750 in jewelry stolen from her jewelry box, as well as cash, books and “odds and ends,” she said. When asked if she was surprised that Adamczewski was charged with the crime, she said “I guess I was.”
“I was surprised anyone would do it,” Conde said. “Our building is gated and it’s got security. We have around-the-clock security guards.”
Detectives have recovered many of the stolen items, including jewelry that had been sent to a refinery in Miami, Young said.
On Monday, Adamczewski, who has been cooperating, led detectives to jewelry he had stashed in a paint can in a vacant house. Young said Adamczewski had a gig running a part-time home-watch service, which also raises concerns for detectives.
The police are continuing their investigation.
“I apologize and I’m tremendously sorry,” Adamczewski said when asked what he had to say to his victims. “I’m an idiot.”
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