Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Friday, October 12, 2012
Druckemiller son resigns city job after 2 arrests

A Key West city employee arrested twice in one week on charges of burglary and dealing in stolen property, and who was linked to the sale of iPhones stolen from the county, has resigned from his job.

Brandon Druckemiller resigned Wednesday, just days after his arrest on felony burglary charges. Druckemiller already was facing termination because of his alleged involvement in the sale of stolen county-owned iPhones prior to his arrest on the burglary charges, according to his city personnel file.

Druckemiller's mother, former county Technical Services Director Lisa Druckemiller, was indicted in July by a county grand jury for the alleged theft and sale of 52 iPhones and iPads purchased by the county. A State Attorney's Office investigator concluded that Brandon Druckemiller and his brother sold some of the county equipment knowing it "was not obtained through legitimate channels," but no charges were brought against either of the brothers.

Brandon Druckemiller, 25, was slated to go before City Manager Bob Vitas on Tuesday, as his supervisors were recommending his dismissal based on involvement with the iPhone scandal. However, the hearing was postponed until Thursday because of Druckemiller's two arrests Saturday and Monday. However, he elected to resign Wednesday, city spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

He submitted a written resignation letter Wednesday stating that he "respectfully" resigns.

Key West police initially arrested Druckemiller on Saturday on charges of burglarizing two relatives' homes on Oct. 2. He allegedly stole about $13,500 in jewelry, including several gold chains, bracelets and a gold wedding band. Police said he pawned some of the items before relatives called police to report the crimes. Security cameras at one of the homes showed Druckemiller using a screwdriver to pry open a back door, police said.

Officers charged Druckemiller with unarmed felony burglary of an unoccupied structure; and felony larceny, grand theft between $5,000 and $10,000, according to police records.

After bonding out of jail, Druckemiller apparently pawned more of the stolen goods at a local pawn shop, according to Crean. He was arrested Monday on new charges of dealing in stolen property.

Police said Druckemiller returned most of the jewelry after he confessed that he took it. The relatives were told to go to a local pawn shop, where Druckemiller allegedly sold some of the jewelry, to identity more missing items, police said.

tohara@keysnews.com

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