Escapes Prosecution in File Thefts
j Escapes Prosecution in File Thefts Statutes Don't Apply in Traffic Scandal Traffic Judge John D. Watts said Monday he believed that the prompt investigation into the theft of two record files from Traffic Court has ruled out the possibility of wholesale thefts. He said he would withhold final judgment until a check of records has been completed. Thus far, investigation of 350 of the 2,000 revoked drivers' licenses on record has not revealed any further irregularities. Both known cases concerned licenses which were stolen and returned to their owners. MEANWHILE, Louis (Big Louie) Szczepanik, politically influential influential bar owner accused of engineering the thefts, escaped possible prosecution on a charge of mutilation of public records. Prosecutor Gerald K. O'Brien refused to issue a warrant on the grounds that the violation is not covered by any statute on the books. He said Traffic Court is exempt from the statute which covers only the treasurer's office, the Probate Court, County clerk and register of deeds. JUDGE WATTS agreed that O'Brien was right, but he said he would press contempt citations against Szczepanik. The contempt case was ad journed until next Monday at 2 p. m. when Szczepanik appeared Monday before Circuit Judge Frank Fitzgerald. Personal bond of $1,000 was continued. Szczepanik is accused of arranging arranging for the return of the two licenses for prices of $25 and $35. The investigation into who actually lifted the "files was continuing. continuing. Detective Lt. Hugh Burke ques tioned the seven policemen of the Traffic Court detail. All seven admitted they knew Szczepanik as a hanger-on hanger-on hanger-on at the court They said, however, that any of the 132 court employes might have had access to the files.