NORRISTOWN — The son of a former Limerick district judge has lost his bid for admission to a special probationary program on charges he allegedly stole a skid loader in Pottstown.

Walter Brant Gadzicki’s request for admission to Montgomery County’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program was denied by county prosecutors, according to court papers. The special probationary program is open to first-time, non-violent offenders and allows them to clear their criminal records after completing a period of probation.

But as a result of the denial for admission into the program, Gadzicki, 38, of the 100 block of Old Mill Road in Upper Providence, will face a trial later this year on charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, theft by deception and unauthorized use of a vehicle, specifically a Bobcat S550 Skid Loader, valued at more than $32,000.

If convicted of the charges at trial, Gadzicki, who is represented by defense lawyer Martin P. Mullaney, faces a possible maximum sentence of 11½- to-23-years in prison on the charges.

Gadzicki previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. Gadzicki is the son of former District Court Judge Walter F. Gadzicki Jr., of Limerick, who retired in 2018 after 36 years in office.

With the charges, detectives with the Pennsylvania State Police Eastern Auto Theft Task Force alleged Walter Brant Gadzicki stole the Bobcat heavy machinery about 6:30 a.m. Jan. 23, 2018, while it was parked on a parking lot at the rear of the Walmart store on Shoemaker Road in Pottstown. The owner of the skid loader reported it stolen to Pottstown police on Jan. 24.

Investigators obtained video surveillance footage that captured the theft.

At 6:27 a.m. “the subject is observed backing the Bobcat skid loader out and proceeded to drive the skid loader around the rear of the Walmart and is last seen heading on the road behind Walmart toward Shoemaker Road,” Upper Merion Detective Matthew F. Romberger, who is a member of the state police task force, alleged in the arrest affidavit.

About three hours after the alleged theft, Gadzicki attempted to sell the vehicle for $4,500 to the owner of an area landscaping company who ultimately “had some concerns with the Bobcat and opted not to buy it that day,” detectives alleged.

The investigation determined Gadzicki subsequently sold the vehicle to a Limerick man for $3,000 in late January 2018, according to the arrest affidavit. The man who purchased the skid loader reported “that he was not aware the skid loader was stolen,” Romberger alleged.

“(The purchaser) further stated Gadzicki informed him that he got the skid loader from a bookie,” Romberger alleged in the arrest affidavit.

Gadzicki remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail while awaiting trial.

The case is being handled by county Assistant District Attorney Kelli Ann McGinnis. County Judge Wendy G. Rothstein is slated to preside over Gadzicki’s trial later this year.

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