Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Monday, October 8, 2012
Son admits to stealing from two relatives

The son of a former Monroe County IT director was arrested Saturday after admitting to police that he broke into two relatives' homes and stole about $13,500 worth of jewelry, according to arrest affidavits.

Brandon Druckemiller is accused of breaking into two homes, both on Tuesday, taking several gold chains, bracelets and rings and pawning some of it before relatives called police Saturday to report that security cameras at one house show the 25-year-old using a screwdriver to pry open a back door to gain entry, reports say.

Most of the jewelry was returned by Druckemiller after he confessed to police, reports say. The relatives were told to go to a local pawn shop, where Brandon Druckemiller allegedly sold some of the jewelry to further identity more missing items, reports say.

Some of the other missing jewelry he retrieved from his pickup truck and gave to police, reports say.

Officers charged Brandon Druckemiller with unarmed felony burglary of an unoccupied structure; and felony larceny, grand theft between $5,000 and $10,000, according to Monroe County Sheriff's Office jail records.

Brandon Duckemiller was released from Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island also on Saturday, but his bail amount of was not listed in online jail records.

None of the charges are reportedly related to the county's iPad and iPhone scandal that has embroiled him and his mother, Lisa Druckemiller, who is accused of stealing and then selling 52 county-owned iPads and iPhones.

Brandon Druckemiller has not been charged in that scandal, but Monroe County State Attorney's Office investigator Chris Weber stated in a recent report that both of Druckemiller's two sons sold the stolen equipment, despite knowing it "was not obtained through legitimate channels." That investigation is causing problems for Brandon Druckemiller, who works as a facilities maintenance plumber for the city of Key West.

City officials are recommending he be fired because of his apparent role in the case, according to city personnel documents.

Brandon Druckemiller sold "two pieces of equipment" with the "foreknowledge the equipment was not obtained through legitimate channels, and he did not purchase the equipment online as he claimed," Weber wrote.

Neither Brandon nor his brother have been charged in the county case.

City officials placed Brandon Druckemiller on suspension Sept. 19 and are recommending termination, citing the city's code of conduct. A disciplinary documentation form states the city will not allow "unlawful or improper conduct on or off the job which tends to affect the employee's reputation on the job."

Disciplinary documents also indicate that "Brandon has a disciplinary history, including a five-day suspension in December 2011 for 'threatening, intimidating a supervisor.'"

Lisa Druckemiller told The Citizen last week that her two sons did not know the missing electronics were county-owned.

Lisa Druckemiller's attorney, Robert Cintron, spoke to Lisa Druckemiller Saturday regarding Brandon's arrest, but was cautious in his statement to The Citizen on Sunday by reiterating that he is not Brandon's attorney.

"There is no nexus between what he has alleged to have done here and what Lisa is alleged to have done," Cintron said. "It is an unfortunate coincidence that he allegedly engaged in this behavior at the same time that there are these allegations against his mother."

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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