VIDEO: Suffolk Police Sergeant Charged with Stealing Money from Hispanic Drivers During Traffic Stops
Published on January 31, 2014 · Filed Under Crime
(Long Island, NY) Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber today announced the arrest of a police Patrol Sergeant charged with stealing money from motorists during traffic stops, many or all of the victims of Hispanic ethnicity.
Surveillance Video of Theft of $100 from Undercover Detective Vehicle During January, 30 2014 Traffic Stop. Video: SCPD Internal Affairs Detectives.
Police Sgt. Scott A. Greene, 50, a 25-year veteran of the SCPD, pleaded not guilty this morning to one charge of official misconduct and one count of petit larceny.
Spota said DA Government Corruption Bureau and SCPD Internal Affairs detectives arrested Greene around 7:00 pm last night during a sting operation.
“The Hispanic undercover detective employed in the sting was driving on Granny Road in Coram in a car outfitted with surveillance cameras,” DA Spota explained. “The rear license plate of the car was intentionally left dangling.” While under surveillance during his patrol, Sgt. Greene pulled his squad car alongside the sting vehicle, “I believe to establish the ethnicity of the driver,” Spota said. Greene then pulled behind the undercover detective and made a traffic stop on Granny Road, about a half mile east of Mill Road in Coram.
The surveillance video shows Greene, who instructed the driver to stand outside the vehicle, take a $100 dollar bill from an envelope of a dozen $100 bills on the passenger-side front seat and slip the bill into the cuff of his shirt. DA Spota added that an invisible-to-the-naked-eye powder, sprinkled on the cash, was found on the defendant’s uniform and hands at the time of his arrest.
Police Commissioner Webber said “I am particularly outraged by the conduct of this officer who was sworn to protect the community but instead targeted individuals who he perceived to be vulnerable.” Commissioner Weber said Greene has been suspended without pay and his police-issue weapon and shield have been taken from him.
DA Spota and Commissioner Weber said the investigation of Greene is active and motorists who suspect they were victimized by Greene are encouraged to call police at 631-852-6374 or 631-852-6263.