BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested the director of Sports C.L.U.B. on Thursday for allegedly stealing just under $5,000 from the organization. Stephen Hudec, 29, was fired from Sports C.L.U.B. following his arrest.
Deputies responded to the Bonita Springs Recreation Center on Thursday morning in reference to a burglary. A Sports C.L.U.B. employee said the front doors were unlocked when she arrived on the premises. Though the storage room where supplies were kept was locked, she said a filing cabinet where the money was kept was unlocked. Inside the cabinet, the employee found a back pack had been opened and two bank bags had been taken from inside. One of the bags contained checks totalling $3,217 and $1,653 in cash, while the other contained $150 in cash. She said Hudec had locked up the money and the building the night before.
While deputies were speaking with the employee, Hudec arrived on the scene. He told deputies he was unable to lock the cabinet due to a recent wrist injury, but had locked the storage room door the night before. He said he was the last person to leave the building Wednesday night, and that only two other employees had a key to the storage room and cabinet. One of them had left early on the day of the crime, which is why, Hudec said, he was left to lock the property up.
Deputies spoke with the night supervisor of the Recreation Center, who said she locked the building at 6:35 p.m. and set the alarm.
LCSO could not find any evidence of forced entry to the building.
According to the arrest report, deputies spoke with Hudec privately, where he confessed to the crime. He was arrested for Grand Theft.