Office of lawyer in Rialto scandal hit
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/17/2010 04:24:12 PM PST

The attorney for a Rialto strip club worker at the center of an alleged sex scandal involving Rialto police officers said Wednesday her office was broken into last weekend.

Danuta W. Tuszynska, the lawyer representing Spearmint Rhino bartender Nancy Holtgreve, said in a news release that her office at Magnolia and Arlington avenues in Riverside was broken into in the wake of publicized reports of the lawsuit she filed last week against Rialto and its Police Department. The lawsuit includes allegations that someone broke into Holtgreve’s Chino home after she went to Rialto police to report threats and abuse from an officer with whom she allegedly had sex while the officer was on duty.

“All I can say at this point is I have more questions than answers,” Tuszynska said in the news release. “The facts are that the attempted break-in at my client’s home happened the day after she reported the police misconduct in this case. Curiously, the break-in at my office happened within days of the filing of Ms. Holtgreve’s lawsuit making the papers.”

Tuszynska said that nothing of significant value in her office was taken or damaged.

James Curtis, a spokesman for Tuszynska, said it appeared Tuszynska’s office was specifically targeted. Curtis said whoever broke into the building where other tenants have offices apparently used cutters to remove a first-floor security grate on a window, broke through the window and took a laptop computer from an office.

The burglar or burglars then apparently went directly to Tuszynska’s second-floor office, ransacked her desk, stole some of her credit cards and left the office otherwise “untouched,” Curtis said.

He said credit card companies, upon receiving notification of the stolen cards, reported that the cards had not been used.

“The break-in appears to have been done by somebody who knew what they were doing,” Curtis said. “This is not the work of a crackhead or somebody who was not reasonably prepared.”

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