Brooklyn, NY– New York Narcotics Detective Ian Cyrus has been suspended without pay and two sergeants have been placed on desk duty after the detective was caught on camera robbing a deli. The robbery happened as him and four other officers were raiding the deli over the absurd crime of selling untaxed cigarettes.
As four of Cyrus’ colleagues arrested two employees of the deli over the victimless crime of selling loose cigarettes, Cyrus decided to help himself to the store’s rent money which was in a box under the counter.
The manager of The Yemen Deli and Grocery, Ali Abdullah, was given a receipt saying $593 had been seized from the cash register as well as packs of cigarettes as evidence. There was no mention of the money from the cash box. After reviewing the CCTV footage Abdullah saw that an officer had reached down and grabbed it and placed the cash in his pocket.
Upon seeing this, the manager immediately called the police department who sent a supervisor to the deli to review the footage.
As we saw after the death of Eric Garner, the NYPD has apparently made it their mission to waste their time, and therefore far more of our tax dollars, cracking down on this silly petty tax crime.
“Loosies,” are single cigarettes which many small mom and pop stores will sell for fifty cents to a dollar, illegally, as they are not taxed. They have become increasingly popular with the taxes on cigarettes skyrocketing and much of America in poverty, making packs no longer affordable for many.
Sgt. Fritz Glemaud, who supervised the raid, and Sgt. Valerie Santos, who was allegedly told about the theft and failed to report the complaint, were put on desk duty with their guns and badges taken from them following the incident.
Sgt. Glemaud is no stranger to complaints. He is one of the most sued officers in the city, with 15 suits filed against him so far, all alleging civil rights violations. He has already cost the city around $500,000 in settlement payouts. If the city is so concerned about taxes, firing officers who are costing taxpayers a half a million dollars might be more cost effective than cracking down on small stores losing the city a couple bucks a day.
“They could accuse any detectives . . . any 10 detectives . . . he did nothing wrong,” a woman claiming to be the wife of Cyrus told the New York Daily News. “Putting things into detectives’ pockets is standard procedure.”
There is no telling how many others have fallen victim to the detective’s sticky fingers over the years and did not have the surveillance footage to prove it.