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Former Alert Protective Services guard Patrick Francis Majewski, 41, remains in custody at the Lee County Jail on $56,500 bond.

Majewski is accused of stealing a Trek 1.5 WSD bicycle from the bike racks at the Stoneybrook club house on either May 14 or 15. Majewski was employed by Alert as a security guard for Stoneybrook at the time of the alleged theft.

The owner of the bike contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and placed flyers around Stoneybrook asking for help in finding the stolen bike. Majewski saw the flyers and then contacted the bike’s owner via text message on May 24 and allegedly offered to have it returned to her for $150.

The LCSO complaint alleges that Majewski had pawned the bike at a Cape Coral pawn shop for $75. It isn’t clear whether Majewski wanted to use the $150 to pay the pawn shop to get the bike back, or whether he was merely going to tell the bike’s owner where the bike was located in exchange for the $150 sum.

But when Majewski told the owner that the bike was in a pawn shop the owner set out on her own to locate the bike, which she did.

The owner of the bike informed the LCSO detective in charge of the case that she had located her property and the detective met the owner at the pawn shop to speak with the pawn shop employee, and to verify that it was indeed the stolen bike.

The pawn shop employee immediately remembered Majewski, picked him out of a photo line-up and provided full details of the transaction to the LCSO detective.

With all that evidence, the detective instructed the bike owner to text Majewski back agreeing to pay the $150. The LCSO would then perform a “controlled take-down” of Majewski once he arrived.

Sure enough, Majewski showed up to collect the $150 and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office personnel arrested Majewski charging him with grand theft and two counts of dealing in stolen property; once for pawning the bike and once for trying to sell it back to the owner.

It gets better.

While in the back of the cruiser Majewski was able to flip the handcuffs from behind his back to the front of his body. Apparently the LCSO cruiser had a faulty locking mechanism and while the car was in motion Majewski allegedly manipulated the door and was able to escape.

Hilarity ensued as a still-handcuffed Majewski attempted to run across the parking lot of the Outback Steakhouse on Pine Island Road… predictably, however, he was once again apprehended.

For his attempt to flee, Majewski added charges of escape and resisting arrest without violence.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

According to the booking report, while the detective was completing his paperwork regarding the incident at the LCSO facility: Majewski flipped the handcuffs once again to the front of his body, stood up, and began walking towards the exit door. Majewski was then transferred to the rear of the detention facility as a disorderly inmate.

It does not appear as though Majewski faces any additional charges for that boneheaded move.

In all, Majewski faces 4 felony counts and 1 misdemeanor. He is scheduled to go to trial on June 26.

Once the details unfolded, Stoneybrook residents began to perform their own research about Majewski.

They discovered that Majewski has a lengthy list of arrests dating back for years. The obvious questions asked were how Majewski was able to get a license as a security guard in the State of Florida, and why in the world Alert would hire a guy with so many arrests.

According to one security company executive with no ties to Majewski, since all of Majewski’s previous convictions were misdemeanors he was eligible to obtain a license. Only a felony conviction disqualifies a person from becoming a licensed security guard in this state.

In terms of the decision to hire Majewski … the security company executive we spoke to was baffled that either no background check was performed, or that they overlooked Majewski’s arrest record.

“If you’re going to wear my uniform, I’m going to know who you are,” said the executive, adding that anybody with Majewski’s track record would never even be considered for a position with his company.

Stoneybrook HOA President George Flaherty defended Alert Protective Services, stating “We have faith in Alert and are pleased with the product they have provided to us to date.”

Many residents of Stoneybrook blasted Flaherty’s statement and the HOA in general for getting a cut-rate security company.

“You get what you pay for,” wrote one Stoneybrook resident on social media.

Alert Protective Services has since sold all or some of its business assets and contracts to Allied Universal.

Allied are the new security company at Stoneybrook.

With 3 second degree felony charges, 1 third degree felony charge and 1 first degree misdemeanor charge, Majewski is facing a maximum of 51 years in prison.

And according to Flaherty… Majewski has also been banned from Stoneybrook.

About Jeff Kuntz

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Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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