Buying an iPhone for $15 isn't always a bargain, as it can have unexpected results, like in the case of the Internal Affairs cop busted by the NYPD, who allegedly bought a stolen iPhone from an undercover police officer for the money he had on him, the New York Daily News reports.
Internal Affairs Bureau Sergeant Victor Leandry, was busted on a December 3 sting in Washington Heights after he agreed to buy an iPhone from an undercover cop on the street. However his lawyer is confident that he cannot be charged because he wasn't informed that the iPhone was in fact stolen.
“Tourists flock to this city every day from other countries to engage in the experience of buying goods on the streets of New York City,” said the lawyer, John D’Alessandro. “There is nothing criminal about it.”
"He absolutely denies it was offered as stolen property,” the lawyer said. “It was a poorly planned operation. There’s no video ... and we end up with a sergeant who has his reputation dragged through the mud.”
So in the end, the sergeant who ended up buying an iPhone for just $15 after he allowed himself to be convinced that this was a great deal, is now being charged with possession of stolen property. In all fairness though, who wouldn't be interested in such a deal?
Given his position however, the "scammed" sergeant really should have known better than to purchase an iPhone in such a manner, and thus could have avoided being caught up in this whole operation.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback