PROVINCETOWN — The goods cluttering his BMW convertible might have been stolen, David Sprindzunas admitted to Provincetown Police Officer Tyler Dow on Aug. 5. But according to Dow’s report, Sprindzunas insisted he wasn’t to blame: he was the victim of a conspiracy between his friend Greg Allen and Zane Winthrop, Sprindzunas’s long-lost identical twin.
Or was it Greg Winthrop and Zane Allen? Sprindzunas couldn’t remember — because, he told Dow, of all the marijuana he’d been smoking.
Sprindzunas, 47, who gave an address on 13th Street in Washington, D.C., was arrested last Wednesday and arraigned the next day on 12 charges in Orleans District Court. A pretrial hearing was set for Aug. 28.
His run-in with the Provincetown police began with a lewdness charge for urinating in public outside Bradford Street Extension’s Gale Force Bikes. After Officer Joseph D’Andrea apprehended Sprindzunas, Dany Soucy — Gale Force’s owner — informed D’Andrea that he recognized Sprindzunas from July 19 video footage showing a man in the same shirt stealing a disco ball from the shop’s exterior lamp post.
D’Andrea and the other officers on scene obtained permission from Sprindzunas to search his car. Inside it, they found so many items “that it would make it unrealistic to conduct a comprehensive search of the vehicle,” wrote Dow. But a preliminary search revealed a smorgasbord of stolen goods.
The officers found, among other things, Soucy’s disco ball; a new painting by Polo Barrera, titled MacMillan Pier and currently on display in the Red Inn’s men’s restroom; a turquoise doormat recently reported stolen; four AWOL-imprinted dog tags (two with bike keys), which manager Karen Petersen told the police had gone missing from the front desk; and, most strikingly, two items lifted from the Provincetown Police Station’s lobby: a trophy and a framed photograph of members of the Provincetown Police Honor Guard.
Dow also found two unmarked prescription pill bottles containing 33 gabapentin pills, 5.5 Klonopin pills, 1 Roxicet pill, and 3 dextroamphetamine pills, as well as a bottle of poppers, an illegal inhalant.
The officers escorted Sprindzunas to the station, where he offered his version of events. He told them, according to Dow’s report, that the police had mistakenly given him the framed photograph and trophy when he was last released from custody, that Greg Allen had given him the doormat, and that the rest of the items had been planted by Zane Winthrop, from whom he’d been separated at birth and whom he had found through Ancestry.com six weeks earlier.
In a prior encounter with the Provincetown police, Sprindzunas — who had not paid for a haircut at the West End Salon — had told them that his name was “Zane.”
Sprindzunas faces one charge of open and gross lewdness, four counts of larceny from a building, two counts of larceny under $1,200, three counts of possession of class B drugs, and two counts of possession of class E drugs.