A 17-year veteran Matanzas High School teacher was arrested on Dec. 5 after he allegedly stole over $3,000 worth of merchandise from the Cypress Point Parkway Walmart.
Anthony Zaksewicz, 45, has been a history teacher at MHS since 2006. He is facing 14 theft-related charges, according to his court records: 10 counts of misdemeanor petit theft, one felony charge of using an antitheft countermeasure device, two counts of felony retail theft and one count of grand theft.
The thefts span a five-month period from May to October of this year, according to Zaksewicz's arrest report. In three 30-day periods, Zaksewicz is accused of stealing over $750 worth of merchandise at once.
The Flagler County Sheriff's Office first became aware of the thefts in October when a Walmart loss protection investigator handed over receipts and video evidence of Zaksewicz swapping out the price tags of expensive items with less expensive items and "skip-scanning" other merchandise, the report said.
Flagler Schools Communication Coordinator Jason Wheeler wrote in an email that Zaksewicz is on paid administrative leave as Flagler Schools conducts its own investigation into the allegations.
In October 2022, Zaksewicz was honored by Flagler Schools for receiving the Florida Council Social Studies Harry T. Moore Teaching for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Award, according to an October 2022 Flagler Schools press release. The press release said Zaksewicz received the award in part "for the passion he brings to the classroom and for all the opportunities he takes to bring Civil Rights education to all his students."