• Suspect in 'Puppy Doe' case also wanted for church theft


    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The man who has been charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty in Quincy related to the abuse of "Puppy Doe," is also wanted for a church theft in New Bedford, according to police.

    New Bedford police announced that Radoslaw Czerkawski, the 32-year-old Polish citizen who was arrested in New Britain Conn., is the same man suspected of stealing more than $6,000 from St. Lawrence Martyr Church in New Bedford.

    Police state Czerkawski was staying at the church for roughly four months, because he was interested in becoming a pastor. At the end of April, he left the area, and said he was going to Canada.  

    In the country on an expired visa, Czerkawski has been in the US since at least January 2012, when he came to stay at the church in New Bedford. In May of that year, the church reported unauthorized transactions in three bank accounts to the police. In total, 11 stolen checks were cashed under Czerkawski's name and another name, police said.

    At an arraignment in Quincy on Tuesday, the Assistant District Attorney announced police found he had a bank account with $30,000 in it. The judge set Czerkawski's bail at $500,000 cash and demanded he surrender his passport.

    Czerkawski is due back in court related to the "Puppy Doe" charges on Nov. 21, and New Bedford police said he will face charges in New Bedford District Court "at some point in the future."

    Next Up: