Archive for Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Sheriff’s Department deputy charged with possession of stolen property

January 16, 2002

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department deputy Adam Abramovitz has been charged in connection to stolen construction equipment found on his property.

Abramovitz, 31, made his first appearance in court on Friday, Jan. 11, with an attorney present. He is free on a $1,000 bond.

Abramovitz is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Feb. 13.

Leavenworth County Sheriff Herb Nye said a stolen backhoe tractor was found at Abramovitz's Leavenworth County home.

The backhoe was reported stolen from a construction site on Kansas Highway 24-40 in 1999. The tractor is valued at approximately $90,000.

It remains unclear how the machinery came into Abramovitz's possession. Abramovitz chose not to discuss the matter with sheriff's investigators, Nye said.

The Sheriff's Department received two separate tips on the deputy having the tractor, one from a confidential informant, Nye said

After receiving the information, investigators obtained a search warrant for Abramovitz's property.

During the search, officers allegedly found the backhoe being stored in plain sight, Nye said.

In a case such as this, Nye said the Kansas Bureau of Investigation would normally handle the investigation.

"Generally, we would call in the KBI, but with the information we got we felt we needed to act on this soon," Nye said.

Abramovitz had been with the Sheriff's Department for five-and-a-half years, the last three with the patrol division.

"He has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the charges," Nye said.

Nye said the deputy would not be charged with stealing the tractor because of insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations has expired.

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