Caught on CCTV: NYPD Detective Caught Stealing Cash During Deli Raid
Video surveillance footage captured a NYPD narcotics detective stealing nearly $3,000 from a Brooklyn deli during a police raid.
NEW YORK – A New York Police Department (NYPD) narcotics detective has been suspended without pay after video surveillance captured him stealing money from a cash register during a raid on a Brooklyn deli.
As many as five NYPD detectives raided a corner deli in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. During the raid, they arrested two employees who have been accused of selling un-taxed cigarettes. The detectives also took money from the cash register and packs of cigarettes as evidence, ABC 7 reports.
The following day, the 73rd Precinct provided the deli’s manager, Ali Abdullah, who was not present during the raid, with a receipt documenting that $593 had been seized. However, he later noticed that $2,650 from a box that he kept hidden under the counter was missing.
The money was his store’s rent money.
Initially, Abdullah believed his employees stole the money until he viewed video surveillance footage from the deli’s security cameras. The footage not only showed the detectives making the arrests and bagging the register money and cigarettes for evident, but also captured one of the detectives discovering the rent money box under the counter.
Surveillance footage shows Detective Ian Cyrus grabbing a handful of money out of the box and putting the stack of money in his coat pocket.
After viewing the video, Abdullah contacted the nearby precinct, and reported the incident.
Internal Affairs is currently investigating the case.
In the meantime, Cyrus has been suspended without pay. His supervisor has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty.
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