St. Lucie County Commissioner Arrested

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX)  St. Lucie County commissioner Chris Dzadovsky posted a $2,500 bond Monday, after allegedly turning himself into the St. Lucie County Jail Sunday. He's charged with third degree grand theft for allegedly stealing a swimming pool heater.

According to the arrest affidavit, Dzadovsky admitted to taking the heater back in February from his ex-fiancee's Fort Pierce house. But when we asked Dzadovsky if he did take it from the home on S. 10th Street, he did not respond, and his executive aide abruptly ended our interview. The District 1 commissioner and board chairman said the incident is really just a big misunderstanding. 

"It's a total miscommunication. It's unfortunate, and I believe that as this unfolds, it will all take care of itself," said Dzadovsky. He would not elaborate.

His attorney, Michael Kessler, said, "It was an honest misunderstanding, and I'm sure it will be cleared up quickly." He would not share details, either.

Police say Dzadovsky lived in the home with his ex-fiancee, until the relationship ended in 2006. She died last year. Now, the home is up for sale.

According to the affidavit, Dzadovsky told detectives the reason he removed the heater was to fix a leak. But detectives say a pool expert checked the recovered heater and found no leaks. 

Dzadovsky says he will continue to serve on the county commission.

St. Lucie County spokesman Erick Gill says Dzadovsky will stay in office, unless Governor Rick Scott takes action to remove him. Gill says it's out of the county's hands because Dzadovsky was elected, and the charges aren't related to his commission job