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Charges piling up for delivery driver accused of stealing

By Staff | Aug 14, 2009

What do assault rifles, a marble-topped kitchen island, a Cape Coral police badge and a framed picture of an Ewok from the popular “Star Wars” film franchise have in common?
According to police: Craig Podleski.
Podleski, 38, a local UPS delivery driver who resides in the Cape, has thus far been charged with two counts of larceny theft $300 or more but less than $5,000 and one count each of grand larceny over $100,000, larceny from a shipment of cargo $50,000 or more, and organized dealing in stolen property.
Podleski was charged Tuesday after allegedly swiping thousands of dollars worth of packages from his delivery job and selling the packaged items online.
He was held in the Lee County Jail Thursday evening on a combined $100,000 bond, jail booking records indicate.
Among the items Podleski stole were 26 guns, including pistols, rifles, assault weapons and a blowgun. He also stole four bulletproof vests, a Cape police badge and various items of jewelry, clothing and electronics, among other things, police said Thursday.
Detectives found the stolen items in Podleski’s home after a loss prevention associate reported that a Sony PlayStation 3 video game system had not been delivered by Podleski on schedule, and that Podleski had not delivered a list of other items over the past two years, reports state.
UPS indicated that it would like to press charges against Podleski as a result of the discovered stolen items.
According to reports, Podleski’s wife told police that her husband had brought packaged delivery boxes into their home and sold several of the items online.
Podleski was taken into custody and transported to the Lee County Jail in apparent good health, officers reported.
Additional grand theft charges are pending, police said.