A New Haven police officer is accused of stealing several hundred dollars from a restaurant in the Elm City.
Officer Bobby Jones, 34, was allegedly seen on video surveillance stealing two envelopes, which contained payroll cash from an undisclosed restaurant last week.
The video shows two separate incidents of Jones, who is a five-year veteran of the department, taking the envelopes. In the first incident, he is in uniform and on duty while during the second, he was off-duty and in civilian clothes.
New Haven Police Chief Dean M. Esserman said the department learned about the incidents from an attorney, who showed him the video surveillance.
Jones was charged with sixth-degree larceny and third-degree burglary. He was placed on administrative paid leave, police said.
"It is sad that we need to pursue a criminal complaint against one of our own. We owe it to this local business owner, our communities and Officer Jones himself to assure a thorough and accurate investigation is completed,” Esserman said in a statement on Friday.
Police said there are two investigations into the incidents, one criminal and one administrative.
The New Haven police Department is working with the State's Attorney's Office on this incident to “assure this case is handled with the professional scrutiny and integrity it so deserves,” Esserman said.
On the day the video surveillance was shown to the chief, Jones, who is a 2009 graduate of the police academy, along with a union representative met with Esserman and provided a statement.
New Haven residents reacted to the news of Jones’ arrest.
"There are crooked cops, there's corruption everywhere, just a matter of getting caught or not,” Brian Fluman, of New Haven, said.
"It’s ridiculous,” Maurice Perry, od New Haven, said. “He's paid to enforce the laws, how can he break it?"
Jones is due in court next month.
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