`Incredible' Carroll investigator honored as Md. trooper of the year

April 05, 2002|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

Cpl. Robert J. Stryjewski Jr., a criminal investigator at the state police barracks in Westminster - Maryland's busiest - was named 2001 Trooper of the Year yesterday at the agency's annual awards ceremony.

A four-year member of the Westminster barracks, Stryjewski was praised for his "enviable record," his high rate of success solving cases. His record last year included 102 criminal arrests.

"He's an incredible investigator - he has about a 93 percent rate of cases he's closed," said Lt. Terry Katz, Westminster barracks commander.

When an armed robber kidnapped a Woodbine couple and their blind 11-year-old son in December, Stryjewski, 37, was the lead investigator, Katz said. The unit spent hundreds of hours on the case. A 30-year-old Westminster man was arrested on kidnapping, armed robbery and assault charges after a six-day search that included help from Pennsylvania police and the FBI's fugitive task force.

Stryjewski, a county resident, is married and has three children. He has been a member of the criminal investigation section for 20 months, Katz said. He has been a trooper for five years.

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