‘Something out of a movie’: Rockwood assistant manager accused of stealing family dog ​​| Law and order

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CLARKSON VALLEY — A Rockwood school district administrator is facing a felony charge after being charged with stealing a family’s dog, prosecutors announced Saturday.

Alexandra Krinski, 39, vice-principal at Crestview Middle School, was charged in St. Louis County Circuit Court with one count of stealing an animal.






Chesterfield Police photo of Alexandra Krinski.




Krinski declined to comment on the matter. His attorney, Jason Korner, said it was just a mix-up.

“My client has never had a problem a day in her life,” Korner said. “She was just trying to take care of a dog that she thought was not being taken care of.”

Trouble started when Lexi, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, started running away from her home on Fox Chapel Lane. Her owners, Brittany and Tim Davis, say Lexi has dated several times. Their yard has an invisible electric fence, but sometimes Lexi decides freedom beats a shock of the collar.







Lexi

Photo of Lexi, courtesy of Tim Davis.


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And the Davis yard is adjacent to the college, at 16025 Clayton Road, accessible through an opening in the fence at the back of the school.

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At least twice, once in December and again last month, Lexi has found herself there, in the hands of Krinski.

The first time, Krinski took her to a vet. Korner said Krinski thought Lexi “didn’t look healthy.” The vet said the dog was fine but not getting the care he needed, Korner said. The charging documents say the vet checked the dog’s microchip and gave the Davis’s contact information to Krinski.

But when the Davises came for Lexi, the charges say, Krinski said she liked the Shepherd. Krinski told Brittany Davis she would have kept Lexi if the dog hadn’t been microchipped, Brittany recalled in an interview with the Post-Dispatch on Saturday.

Korner said Krinski just meant she wouldn’t have had a choice: Lexi wasn’t wearing a collar with identification.

And Korner said Krinski was planning to, again, take Lexi to a vet, when Shepherd came out Jan. 3.

“She was concerned about the welfare of this dog,” Korner said.

That day, Tim Davis received a text saying Lexi was back at school, and he replied that his wife would be there in five minutes to pick her up.

But Brittany Davis couldn’t find the dog at school. Administrators told her that Lexi had been “dumped,” according to the Davises and the charging documents.

Brittany was suspicious. She searched through online records to find the name, address and even the make of her car.

“This is going to make me look a little crazy,” she told a reporter on Saturday as she told the story.

She then went to school and waited. When she had to pick up her children from primary school, she called her husband to take his place.

Tim Davis said as soon as he arrived he saw a car matching Krinski’s driving past the school and saw Lexi being loaded into the back seat. He shot a video.

Then Brittany Davis took over. She figured out Krinski’s likely route to her home in Eureka, caught up with her, and followed her.

“I see my dog ​​sitting in the back seat,” she said on Saturday. “It was like something out of a movie.”

She also called the police while driving. Officers told her to back off, which she did. Still, she kept heading for Krinski’s house. When she arrived, the police were already there.

She said Krinski told officers she didn’t know who the dog belonged to, now missing both her ID collar and shock collar.

Officers asked Davis to check out her property by calling Lexi, Brittany Davis said, and let her drive Lexi home (which she shares with Karma, a 3½-year-old pomsky, and Winnie, a shepherd Australian one year old).

The Davises now allow Lexi out of the fenced portion of their property only when someone is with her, they said.

And they were torn about filing a complaint. An apology would have solved the problem, said Brittany Davis.

“Lack of judgment,” she said, “we all have that.”

But there were no apologies and the couple said they also believe an educator “should be held to a higher standard”.

“If you’re ready to steal a dog, what else are you going to do? asked Tim Davis.

Krinski is now on paid leave from school, Korner said. He said he unsuccessfully contacted a prosecutor to try to solve the case, possibly with diversion, some form of probation.

“My client feels bad that all of this happened,” he said.

But he said that to prove the theft, prosecutors will have to show that Krinski intended to “permanently deprive” the Davises of their dog.

“I can tell you that this case will be solved, either through diversion or through a jury trial,” Korner promised.

Still, it seems unlikely that St. Louis County District Attorney Wesley Bell will drop the charge.

“Although this is fortunately not a case of violence against a person or an animal, a dog is a member of the family for most people, so we take these issues seriously,” he said. he said in a statement.

Krinski was summoned to appear in court on March 23.

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