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Posted: May 02, 2012, 7:37 pm Quote

Shocked and speechless!  That a law enforcement public servant did this… and that anyone leaves their car doors unlocked at Disney with any kind of tempting valuables in plain sight!  Comments?  Hit "Reply"!

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http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-05....entials

Deputy charged with breaking into car at Disney, stealing kids' money while on duty
By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel

1:49 p.m. EST, May 2, 2012

An Orange County deputy was arrested on charges that he broke into a minivan while on duty at Disney's Hollywood Studios and stole children's' money.

Kirk Smurawa, who has worked for the Sheriff's Office for 10 years, was charged with armed burglary of a conveyance and petit theft.

A Sheriff's Office report released Wednesday said Smurawa was under surveillance by other deputies as he patrolled a parking lot at the theme park Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies watched as Smurawa opened the passenger door of a minivan and walked away from the rental vehicle with a silver or grey purse.

Deputies said Smurawa took the purse back to his marked patrol car, sat in the vehicle, walked back to the minivan, and then tossed the purse on the ground under the driver's side front door.

Smurawa then drove away from the area in his car.

Deputies stopped Smurawa, who confessed to taking the purse and taking cash from two small children's wallets he found inside the purse.

The owner of the purse told the Sheriff's Office there was about $55 in her children's wallets.

Smurawa was arrested, relieved of duty without pay, and his law-enforcement credentials were revoked pending an administrative review.

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Posted: May 03, 2012, 5:39 am Quote

:angry:
It's really sad when you can't even trust the police, that are supposed to be protecting you from thst kind of incident!!!
But, because he was under surveillance he must have had a history.
I'm glad they got him.


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Posted: May 03, 2012, 11:16 am Quote

And the culprit had help....

Folks, even with an unfamiliar rental car even though you're at Pixie-Dusted Disney thieves can help themselves if you're too distracted or too naive when you travel.  Just because you're at Disney you're NOT safe somehow from the world's pond scum, from crime, from theft, robbery, or break-ins.  Thefts and break-ins happen, even at Disney, folks.  Yes they do!  

Think huge unauthorized credit or debit card charges if it was the adult's wallets or purses stolen instead of "only" children's cash.  Think identity theft.  Think massive time-consuming hassles of having to notify the police, your bank, your credit card company and the credit bureaus like TransUnion and Experion and having this burden on your back when you're supposed to be enjoying Pixie-Dusted Disney.  

Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and sometimes life's lessons happen in adulthood.  I feel for this family and their children, and hope for a much happier ending to the story.  Maybe it would have happened anyway, this crime.  But at least it could have been minimized by the vacationing family by hiding valuables, putting valuables in the hotel safe, and locking the rental car doors if they weren't locked already and double-checking the car doors were locked and things well-hidden.
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Posted: May 03, 2012, 5:47 pm Quote

I wish there was a thumbs up or like button.  Carol, that was spot on  :bowdown:

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