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DA: Patrol Sergeant Stole Money During Traffic Stop

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota alleges the officer targets Hispanics.

Suffolk County Police on Friday arrested a 25-year patrol sergeant, charging him with stealing money from an undercover cop posing as a motorist.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber said Sgt. Scott A. Greene, 50, pleaded not guilty to petty larceny and official misconduct charges.

Greene's arrest came after an undercover officer lured Greene to stop him for driving a car where the license plate was purposefully left dangling.

“The Hispanic undercover detective employed in the sting was driving on Granny Road in Coram in a car outfitted with surveillance cameras,” Spota said in a statement. That's when Greene pulled alongside the car, “I believe to establish the ethnicity of the driver,” Spota added.

Greene pulled over the undercover officer and asked him to stand outside the car. That's when surveillance cameras caught Green stealing a $100 dollar bill from a pile of money left in the car. The money had been laced with a powder not visible to the naked eye. When police arrested Greene, they found the powder on his hands and uniform.

“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," Webber said, adding that Greene has been suspended without pay until further notice.

The county is investigating Greene and is looking for other motorists who may have been targeted by the sergeant.

Anyone with info is asked to call 631-852-6374 or 631-852-6263.
knee jerk February 02, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Michael: #1: News 12 had more extensive coverage of this story. #2: Did you play the video? #3: The powder was on the money in the bank envelope (not all over the car) #4 What right did he have to search the car, a dirty swinging license plate? #5 I'm sure his retirement papers are already in.
concerned citizen February 02, 2014 at 12:42 PM
he will retire tomorrow .. collect full pension ... get a security job .. and move on .. gotta love pd!
Michael Roberts February 02, 2014 at 12:43 PM
I do not watch News 12 nor did I watch the video to answer your question. My statement is on the article itself which is vague on facts. I didn't feel the need for further research on my part! My deep belief is what goes around comes around.....
Glenn February 02, 2014 at 03:52 PM
This must be the dumbest cop on any force! He had it all! now he's going to lose it over petty theft? REALLY? STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES.
Don Baker February 02, 2014 at 04:51 PM
this is so typical of SCPD, the more you give them, the more they want. Greed did this. about time DA's office started to crack down on these guys, and you wonder why most people do not like nor respect them. It's their attitude as a whole.
knee jerk February 02, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Its tough living on Long Island on a measly 147k PLUS BENEFITS,with only a 20yr 1/2 pay retirement.
Dennis Barone February 02, 2014 at 06:52 PM
what a jerk....deserves what he gets.
knee jerk February 02, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Years from now,they'll sweep this under the rug, let him retire with all the bells and whistles, unless he screwed the PBA. I still bet he's the "intelligence leak" who was passing (selling) inside info to Newsday. Probably set up by the PBA.
Glenn February 03, 2014 at 10:17 AM
This guy is the king of jerks! Who in their right mind would risk losing it all for a few measly dollars. Who would reduce themselves to a petty thief like this? Especially when they're getting paid over a hundred thousand dollars a year. Really? This is incomprehensible and as irresponsible as it can get but I guess you don't have to be a genius to be a cop.
brookhavenconfucius February 03, 2014 at 10:46 AM
The THRILL of getting something for NOTHING...GRAVY pocketmoney $ !
Patchogue Snoop February 03, 2014 at 11:25 AM
A song once said....all the cops are criminals. Not all but many here in the SCPD hall of million dollar salaries. Spots is controlled by the PBA as a elected official. Police support....quid pro quo....not a peep when cops are caught stealing, killing, raping women(yep!). The taxp[ayers have lost control of local govt to these thieves in the Police unions...not to mention our wonderful teachers earning avg 94k salaries for a part time job. End game, poor education as evidenced by mountains of data on a national basis. Cops and teachers pack the voting hall with every known child, relative and friend and vote for the pol who promises the highest raises and goodie bags. Wake up people, get off your butts and vote with your wallet that is rapidly being emptied by corrupt criminals in the public sector union work.
Patchogue Snoop February 03, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Hey, Where is the article on how this guy got this hispanic in his sites, preyed upon him, stalked him like an animal, then pounced on him. Any violations issued to him like...no license, no reggie, no insurance, plates from PA, NC or Mass. Drunk driving? Hmm.
Patchogue Snoop February 03, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Oops, To the cop who claims the bill stuck to his hand?!?!?!?!?! This is exactly the problem we need to address with the SCPD.
brookhavenconfucius February 03, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Sticky hands comes with the Job, like the ability TO COVER UP ANYTHING...IF you are favored by Spota !
Barack February 03, 2014 at 12:45 PM
my comment was mysteriously deleted, i believe the job of police is to protect and serve the people. Lately SOME police have been abusing their authority and harassing citizens. officers lamprecht and trombino of east hampton are guilty of this.
craig February 03, 2014 at 12:48 PM
the humble pig...i mean police officer: high school diploma...gun/badge...prosecutor...judge...jury...executioner. name one other job that has the path and liberties of cop. omg its scaring me to even write this...
knee jerk February 03, 2014 at 04:26 PM
I think what is lost in all this is where did he get the right to "search" the car? A bank envelope on the seat is not "probable" cause, nor is a "dirty swinging" license plate. There are unconstitutional search and seizures at work here that go beyond the theft issues. Just swept under the rug by the SCPD and Spotta. It looks like Suffolk County has a "rolling stop and frisk" policy in place, as unconstitutional as the one in NYC.
Barack February 07, 2014 at 11:34 PM
these recording devices would definitely come in handy in times of un necessary harassment or unlawful searches I've watched it happen. If you dont have someone else as a witness police can do whatever they want and probably get away with it. The bad police of east hampton need to be recognized as bad police and good police recognized as good police, instead of worrying about kids skateboarding or smoking pot they should be making sure people aren't having sex in residents guest houses with the maids
Johny Q February 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM
If you watch the video, the officers head blocks most of it. What you see is the officer putting his own currency back after it fell out of his sleeve. You do not see him take anything from that envelope do you? You do not have the burden of Proof (B.A.R.D.) enough to convict do you? The powder was all over the vehicle that's how it got on his currency. You will vote to acquit and the officer will get full back pay with overtime that he missed. He will also sue the County in Federal Court re: Civil Right violations and unlawful arrest since they used a biased undercover who despised white officers and especially supervisors.
knee jerk February 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Hey Johny Q, how about the illegal search, an issue of more importance than all the rest.
Dennis Barone February 12, 2014 at 04:51 PM
4th and 14th amendment rights don't matter to the scpd
Eddy February 13, 2014 at 02:56 PM
They should just take him out back and beat him silly
Eddy February 13, 2014 at 03:08 PM
If the video is authentic then a y idiot can see that he slipped money up his sleeve. But I agree that the even worse is the search without cause.
Johny Q February 15, 2014 at 08:20 AM
No, the officer had reasonable suspicion to conduct a cursory search of the vehicle for his own personal safety. The money left on the seat raises the officers level to reasonable cause to believe drug sales may be involved.
brookhavenconfucius February 15, 2014 at 08:35 AM
He sounds like he has be SPOTA-ED !
Eddy February 15, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Money in a bank envelope on the seat is reasonable cause for a search ?!? LMFAO !
brookhavenconfucius February 15, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Johny Q sounds like a PBA lawyer !
Eddy February 15, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Or another crooked cop
brookhavenconfucius February 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Eddy, Johny Q seems to have an airtight alibi ALREADY, handy for hisself, doesn't he ?
knee jerk February 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Hey Johny Q: I guess you can construe anything as a "personal safety" threat. I've seen performers throw playing cards like knives. You can make a weapon out of a comb or pen. Then of course, there are the martial artists whose hands are lethal weapons..........

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