GUN NYPD cop busted for selling guns from evidence room

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Cop charged with selling guns on the street

    BY ANN GIVENS | [email protected]
    9:44 PM EST, November 20, 2007


    In a case the Nassau County district attorney called "the most egregious betrayal of the badge imaginable," a former Queens police officer has been arrested for selling guns from his precinct's evidence room on the streets of Long Island.

    Hubertus Vannes, 30, of Roslyn Heights, was arrested Tuesday, shortly after two men accused of working with him were also picked up by law enforcement officials.

    "You have a police officer who swore to protect the people he served, and instead he went out and betrayed them," Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said at a news conference Tuesday.

    Prosecutors said Vannes, who worked for three years in the NYPD's 110th precinct in Queens until earlier this year, stole several guns from his precinct's property bureau and sold them to Anthony Vitta, 44, of East Meadow, who prosecutors say dealt arms and prescription drugs.

    An East Meadow pharmacy owner, Howard Brass, 48, of North Bellmore, was arrested for forging prescriptions, then funneling illegal drugs to Vitta to sell, prosecutors said.

    Defense attorneys could not be reached for comment.

    Prosecutors said they began investigating the case in February after they got a tip that someone was dealing guns and prescription drugs in East Meadow. Undercover investigators bought guns from Vitta, and quickly traced them back to Vannes' precinct, which had reported them missing.

    NYPD spokesman Martin Speechley declined to comment on the stolen guns. He would not comment on the reason why Vannes left the force.

    Through Vitta, prosecutors tracked down Brass, the owner of Meadow Drugs in East Meadow. They said Brass fabricated patient names and prescriptions to dispense hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs to Vitta, who resold them.

    All three men pleaded not guilty to various drug and weapon charges.
     
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    what guns did he steal?
     
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    would I buy an illegal machine gun if it was presented to me? hrmm...
     
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    .... It's a tough decision... Am I holding the right amount of cash in my pocket?
     
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    Maybe NYPD should pay their cops a little more. $27,000/year starting out is not going to cut it in NYC.
     
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    cops and teachers... 2 professions where you should not skimp on salary. If only more people would get that.
     
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    I live in a town where I bet if I showed up to the right place, asked the right people, and had the right amount of non-sequential bills...I could probably pick up an AK-47 pretty quickly. I'd say I could have one within 4-5 hours.

    That fact is why I carry.
     
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    jeez. SFPD makes 68k starting
     
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    CHP is like 60k and Sac Sheriff is around the same
     
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    yeah.... I was reading that they get like the equivelant to $48K a year in the Academy.
     
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    Cops are worse than law-abiding gun owners. True story.
     
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    I've heard that cops in SD and san jose can make 60-90k a year depending on overtime.
     
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    I don't know anyone and I don't know the precise part of town to roll into and start asking.
     

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