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Jury found Glodzik guilty of stealing cash from purported drug car

Last updated: August 07. 2014 3:22PM - 1271 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Suspended Wilkes-Barre towing contractor Leo A. Glodzik III appealed his theft conviction by a Luzerne County jury.
 
Attorney Joseph Sklarosky Sr. filed the appeal Thursday morning with Judge Lesa Gelb who presided at the May trial.
 
Glodzik, 43, of Wilkes-Barre was charged with stealing $2,100 in cash from a vehicle he towed to his city garage on Jan. 29, 2013 after he was told it was involved in a drug arrest. The money was left in the vehicle as part of an FBI sting operation.
 
The jury acquitted him of another theft charge.
 
Sklarosky listed a number of points in his appeal, including errors by Gelb. Among them were that:
 
• Gelb erred by excluding a juror from the pool without requiring the district attorney's office to question and attempt to disqualify the juror
 
• Gelb erred in allowing an undercover state trooper involved in the sting to interpret what Glodzik meant by his alleged hand motions
 
• Gelb erred when she did not allow Sklarosky to ask Glodzik whether the towing contractor had the opportunity to steal $100,000 hidden in a drug car he towed , but instead called the police to report it.
 
• The evidence was insufficient to convict Glodzik due to the fact the undercover state trooper directed him to remove the money and count it.
 
• The district attorney's office failed to establish each and every element of theft beyond a reasonable doubt.
 
Glodzik is free on bail pending the appeal. He has been indefinitely suspended from his exclusive towing contract with the city since he was charged on May 31, 2013.
 

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