NYPD Detective May be Head of Burglary Ring
10 months ago
Rafael Astacio was busted stealing $2,500 worth of jewelry from diner owner's home.
An NYPD detective who was recently arrested after a break-in at a Long Island home earlier this month, is being investigated by the FBI, according to the New York Daily News.
14-year veteran of the force Rafael Astacio has been charged with second degree burglary. He was freed on $2,500 bail and suspended from the force without pay a day after his arrest.
The FBI is probing whether the 14 year veteran committed any crimes or was involved in corruption during his years as a vice cop and sex crimes investigator.
When the New York Daily News contacted Astacio at his home, he hung up without commenting.
The suspects arrested with Astacio were identified as Paul Adams 46, Michael Brown, 24, and Joseph Alacqua, 31. All are free on bond.
The owner of the home, who also owns a diner, Anastasios Matheos, said he was glad the crooks got collared, especially the rogue cop.
“What a dirtbag,” he said told the Daily News.
“In a bag of potatoes there is always one bad one,” he said, praising the officers who caught the quartet.
“They did the job good,” he told the Daily News. “They were gentleman, I would like to thank them.”