Guilty plea in train break-in case

A second man pleaded guilty today in connection with a series of box car break ins in the LaPorte area.

Federal prosecutors allege that 18-freight train burglaries occurred along the rails over a two year period.

Eight men have been charged in connection with the case. Three of the eight were railroad employees, and seven of the eight are from LaPorte.

Today, a second defendant had his guilty plea accepted in court.

“Mr. Mrozinski had no involvement actually robbing the trains, he wasn’t involved in breaking into the trains, he simply accepted the items from those that had done that,” said Defense Attorney Martin Kus.

Prosecutors today called Mrozinski “one of the main middlemen.”

Mrozinski admitted buying 25-cases of whiskey and 25-T.V.’s from a friend who worked for the railroad.

“Mr. Mrozinski unfortunately accepted stolen materials, alcohol and some televisions from a friend,” said Kus. “He know that he shouldn’t have done that, he did it, then he turned around and he sold some of those items to other friends.”

Although Mrozinski was in the package liquor business, he claims none of the whiskey was sold from his store.

Mrozinski faces up to 10-years in prison. He’ll be sentenced in March.

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