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 May 12th, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office helped investigate former NY Mets clubhouse manager, arrested Wednesday in New York City, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
 
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office helped investigate former New York Mets clubhouse manager Charles Samuels, who was arrested Wednesday in New York City, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

A 21-count indictment charged Samuels with criminal possession of stolen property, grand theft, falsifying business records, criminal tax fraud and other law violations, according to Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

"We are proud of St. Lucie County Sheriff's Detective Andrew Bolonka, who was recognized by name for his work on the case by District Attorney Brown," said Sheriff Mascara.

"New York City police detectives contacted St. Lucie County Sheriff's Detective Andrew Bolonka in December 2010," Sheriff Mascara said. "At NYPD's request, detective Bolonka obtained and served a witness subpoena duces tecum on the management of Security Self Storage, 501 N.W. Business Center Drive, in St. Lucie West, Port St. Lucie. Inside a storage unit at the business, he found more than half a million dollars worth of New York Mets property."

The property in the storage unit consisted of 4,952 Mets uniform team jerseys in 124 boxes, as well as two boxes containing 24 Mike Piazza (Mets player) baseball bats.

Detective Bolonka secured this evidence until NYPD detectives flew to Florida and took possession of it, Sheriff Mascara said.

Samuels worked for the Mets from 1976 until his dismissal from the team in November 2010. He faces the possibility of more than two decades in prison if convicted of the charges in the indictment.

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