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Man charged in ‘Puppy Doe’ case convicted of stealing from woman in his care

Radoslaw Czerkawski appeared in  Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham on multiple larceny charges on July 7.
Radoslaw Czerkawski appeared in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham on multiple larceny charges on July 7.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

The 34-year-old Polish immigrant at the center of the infamous “Puppy Doe” animal abuse case has been found guilty of separate charges that he stole $130,000 from an elderly woman in his care, authorities said.

Radoslaw Czerkawski was convicted by a Norfolk Superior Court jury on Monday of larceny of property valued at over $250 from a person over age 60; two counts of larceny over $250; and attempting to commit a crime, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said.

The charge of larceny over $250 from a person older than 60 carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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Czerkawski had been accused in 2013 of stealing from Janina Stock, who was 90 when Czerkawski became her caretaker in Quincy. Morrissey said in a statement that Czerkawski got that position “based in part on their shared Polish heritage and language.”

“He abused that trust, eventually helping himself to an enormous share of her personal assets at the end of her life,” Morrissey added.

Stock was found dead in her home in 2013. Police said at the time that foul play was not suspected.

Her body was found on the same day as the discovery of “Puppy Doe,” a dog found in Quincy with injuries so severe that it had to be euthanized.

Czerkawski still faces pending charges on allegations that he abused the dog, whose name was at one time Kiya. He has pleaded not guilty. No trial date has been set.


Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.