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NYP Sergeant Busted for Buying a Stolen iPhone in a Police Street Sting

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.

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    Star Five8 years, 5 months ago

    That was just a setup against the sergeant,as mentioned by Mr.Ali.

    Gio8 years, 5 months ago

    With all the Crime in the USA they are worried about people buying phones off the street to the extent of setting people UP  FAIL>>>

    ali8 years, 5 months ago

    This doesnt make any sense how can you charge someone as a scam. it is free-market.this is my iphone i can sell it for 10 dollars what is the issue ?  may be that was just a setup against the sergeant.

    Jonathan8 years, 5 months ago

    I don’t know why you are hypocritical as to hold a Sargent and something as trivial as a transaction to a higher standard than you who trials every year to cheat on your taxes.

    The guy is innocent but the NYC propaganda machine as to make you suckers believe that it goes after it’s own people?!!

    Please wake up,,, this story is bullshiit!?!
    He will be found not guilty.

    tim aukshun8 years, 5 months ago

    i sold a car here in the philippines for 300 pesos..which was 15$.. Reason, Each person in the military was only allowed one car. I could not buy another with this one on my record… So bottom line. there are many reasons for selling something cheap besides stolden.

    Lu Khi8 years, 5 months ago

    I wouldn’t use an iPhone if you gave it to me for free.

    scorpion king8 years, 6 months ago

    And this dude is a Sergeant with the Internal Affairs Bureau for NYPD? That does not say much for the NYPD as a Law Enforcement Organization! Pathetic!

    koba8 years, 6 months ago

    If this was a sting operation, the cop was told it was stolen. There may be no video, but almost certainly there is audio (undercover cop wired). If the crooked cop did not know it was stolen, then he is too stupid to be  a police officer.

    Bridget8 years, 6 months ago

    He should have known better.  For 15 bucks it was either fake or stolen.

    henry8 years, 6 months ago

    ha ha funny — i go with the IA cop’s lawyer — may be they bragained and bargained and then came to an agreement for 15 bucks , if one is is need of money and selling something and bargainging hell ya 15 bucks for iphone is okay and the IA cop is not informed its stolen so i dont they there is case at all. Waste of time for lawyers but me dont care  cuz i am not a lawyer just an idiot seeign at these kind of articles online .

    Farraday Azums8 years, 6 months ago

    The cop did nothing wrong in my own opinion because he didn’t know the phone was stolen. What is wrong if an individual decides to sell his or her property at a give away price or even dash it out.? We don’t know what preessing needs the seller was facing.

    bill@mail.com8 years, 7 months ago

    in fact $15 for iphone is too much

    Crime Stopper8 years, 7 months ago

    yeah….right, a $15 iPhone. Of course he asked himself,  how could it possibly be stolen goods. The lying thieving dirtbag! Corrupt cop (SGT) working in IA.  I wonder how many good Cop’s he has framed over the years??