Two Brooklyn narcotics cops have found themselves in trouble and under investigation after a video made during a raid on a bodega sparked allegations that one of the officers pocketed about $4,000 in store cash, officials said Thursday.
"Based on the nature of the allegations in this incident, in addition to the video provided to us, the NYPD has placed one detective on suspension and one supervisor on modified assignment status pending further investigation into the matter," NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said.
Suspended was Det. Ian Cyrus, 49, assigned to the Brooklyn North Narcotics squad, while Sgt. Fritz Glemaud, 44, also of Brooklyn North Narcotics, has been placed on modified assignment, Davis said.
In addition, another police sergeant also was placed on modified assignment after she failed to properly handle a complaint by the store owner about the incident, Davis said.
Following earlier complaints about the sale of untaxed cigarettes at the Yemen Deli & Grocery, 404 Marcus Garvey Blvd., police last Friday night sent in an undercover officer who purchased a pack of Newport 100s for $9, which didn't bear evidence of a tax stamp, police said. As a result of the undercover buy, police arrested two people who worked at the store, and seized $593 and additional cigarettes that didn't bear tax stamps, police said.
The next day, Saturday, the store owner said he discovered that nearly $4,000 in cash kept under the counter was missing and contacted a local patrol sergeant from the 79th Precinct, police said. However, the sergeant, identified as Valerie Santos, apparently didn't make the appropriate referral of the information to the Internal Affairs Bureau as required under police procedure and was placed on modified assignment, an NYPD spokesman said.
The store owner took copies of his store security videos to WABC/7 on Monday, and Thursday copies were posted on the Internet after the NYPD had launched an investigation.
An undercover officer identified as Cyrus is seen in the video in the presence of other officers looking under the store counter. At one point, he takes a black plastic bag from under the counter and, with his right hand, gives it to an officer identified as Glemaud. At the same time Cyrus appears to turn his body away from Glemaud and, with his left hand, appears to place an object in his pocket.
About a year ago, police recovered 78 packs of untaxed cigarettes at the store, seized $4,000 in cash and some marijuana, according to police.