Hotel employee arrested for stealing money, faking bomb threat

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by Andrew Michalscheck

azfamily.com

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 6:37 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- An employee at a Scottsdale hotel was arrested this week for allegedly stealing money from the business and trying to cover up his actions with fake a bomb threat.

Scottsdale Police responded to the Holiday Inn Express at 7350 E. Gold Dust Tuesday night after the desk clerk, 25-year-old Wade Radzinski, called to say there had been a bomb threat.

When officers arrived, Radzinski claimed that someone had told him to leave a bag of cash outside the building or a bomb would be detonated.

Radzinski told police that the suspect had taken the bag of money before they arrived on scene.

While investigating the incident, police asked Radzinski if they could search his vehicle to rule him out as a suspect.

Police said Radzinski didn't reply, but did appear to be sweating on his face and neck.

Radzinski eventually consented to a search of his vehicle, which is when an officer opened the gas cap and $290 fell to the ground.

When Radzinski saw the money fall from his car he reportedly told officers, "I don't know why I thought this was a good idea."

Police went on to learn that the amount stolen from the hotel was approximately $290.

Radzinski eventually admitted that the bomb threat was a hoax, and said he had stolen the money to pay for gas and late bills.

Radzinski was booked into jail on charges of theft and false reporting.
 

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