Nutcase Former New Haven Connecticut Police Officer John Kelly, Facing Weapons Charge, Arrested Again And Charged With Burglary And Larceny After Stealing Generator From Man’s Garage

July 2, 2012

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT — A former New Haven police officer recently arrested on a weapons charge was arrested again over the weekend and charged with burglary and larceny for allegedly stealing a generator, state police report.

John Kelly, 45, 1 Brookside Ave., Old Lyme, was in Middletown Superior Court on Monday and Judge Susan Handy set bond for $25,000 cash or surety, which he posted through a bail bondsman. According to court personnel, Kelly will be held on a suicide watch and is due back in court July 20.

State police responded to call of an accident on June 23 around 10:45 a.m. and found a pickup truck in the middle of the travel lane on New City Street in Essex. The truck came back as registered to Kelly, and the trooper found him a short time later, walking back to the truck.

Kelly told police he had run out of gas and was pouring gas from a Dunkin’ Donuts cup into the truck, police said. He was disheveled and dirty, wearing one shoe and hobbling around, stating he had sprained his ankle, police said.

Kelly was able to start the truck and told police he was going home. Less than two hours later, troopers responded to a call from Kelly’s ex wife, saying Kelly was on Dennison Road limping and “acting strange.”

Troopers reported seeing the truck in the roadway again, and Kelly, “sweating profusely” said he was out of gas again, according to police. While waiting for a tow truck to arrive for Kelly, police were approached by a man who said he lived on the road and said he found a cup of water in his garage.

Police asked Kelly if he had been in the man’s house, and Kelly allegedly said he went into the garage for water and gas. Kelly had a newer Honda generator in the bed of his truck and the man identified it as his generator, police said. Kelly, however, told police he had found it in the bushes behind the man’s house and had tried to get gas from it, then placed it in the back of his truck. After investigating, police determined the generator had been in the back of the man’s garage.

When police arrested Kelly, he became irate and yelled “cops are supposed to take care of each other,” police said, and that “the state police were out to get him.” He tried to minimalize the incident by saying he had only gone into the garage a few feet, police said.

Kelly, who was a New Haven police officer for 21 years and has also served in the U.S. Navy, said he had a stellar career as a police officer in New Haven, according to state police. According to statements made in court, Kelly suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

While in the cell at the state police barracks, Kelly was yelling, banging on the cell doors and walls, and covering himself in water from the sink, police said. He was unable to post the $5,000 bond and was taken to Hartford Correctional until his arraignment Monday.

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Tallahassee Florida Police Officer Lyle Ottley Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Armed Home Invasion

June 5, 2012

TALLAHASSEE; FLORIDA – A Tallahassee Police officer has been charged with aggravated assault without the intent to kill and burglary with assault.

Lyle Ottley, 33, has been placed on paid suspension from the Tallahassee Police Department.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Ottley allegedly entered Herman Samuel’s home and threatened him with a gun. The report states that around 2 a.m., Samuel was sleeping next to officer Ottley’s ex-girlfriend Erica Brooks in their home.

Ottley was in uniform at the time when he allegedly banged on the front door and asked for some of their son’s belongings. The officer then entered the home uninvited and went inside the master bedroom, questioning Samuel about why he was there.

Ms. Brooks reportedly ran to a neighboring house owned by another local police man. While Mr. Ottley remained in her home, Ottley allegedly pulled out his hand gun and also punched the wall and bedroom door several times.

Samuel reported that he felt threatened for his life. We spoke to neighbors and they all stated that they had no idea that this had gone on right next door to them.

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Rankin Pennsylvania Police Officer Jason Rocco Charged With Breaking Into Neighbor’s House To Use Victim’s Washer And Dryer For His Dirty Laundry

May 27, 2012

RANKIN, PENNSYLVANIA – Pennsylvanian police officer Jason Rocco is accused of breaking into his neighbour’s house through the back door before unloading his dirty washing.

The startled homeowner returned to his property, on Marie Avenue in Avalon, to find his dryer switched on and running.

He found a bundle of clothes inside the machine, including what appeared to be Mr Rocco’s Marine Corps T-shirts.

The homeowner fears the rogue officer, who has been charged with trespassing and criminal mischief, may have been breaking in regularly in his absence.

He called in the police after later receiving an usually high electricity bill despite not having lived in the property for months.

When questioned, Mr Rocco told officers that the door was already broken and that he ‘just had to do some laundry’.

Rankin Police have refused to comment on the case and reports that officer Rocco had asked for his clothes to be returned.

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Los Angeles California Deputy Sheriff Khajana Jones Connected To Burglary Ring – Raid Found Stole Items In Her Home

February 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was one of six people arrested recently during a multiagency probe of a burglary ring that hit at least 15 homes across Southern California, including seven in Ventura County, authorities said Tuesday.

Wearing collared shirts and using new rental cars to blend into their surroundings, a group composed largely of alleged Los Angeles gang members stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry, cash and other items, Ventura County sheriff’s officials said.

Khajana Jones, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, lived with one of the suspects, officials said. While she is not suspected of participating directly in the burglaries, authorities believe she knew her live-in boyfriend was obtaining cash and jewelry illegally and allowed him to keep the items at the residence, officials said. She has been relieved of duty pending the investigation.

The group targeted homes from Thousand Oaks and Oak Park to Pasadena and Tustin, said Sgt. Bill Schierman of the Ventura County sheriff’s gang unit.

Sometimes working with girlfriends, the suspects hit upscale homes across a wide area in an apparent attempt to avoid apprehension, then used the proceeds to support lavish lifestyles, officials allege. Investigators believe the suspects would knock on the front door, go around the back when no one answered and enter through open doors or force their way inside, Schierman said.

“This was a very sophisticated group,” Schierman said. “If you want to talk about a professional burglary crew, this was them.”

The break in the case came after the Jan. 20 burglary of an unoccupied home in the 1300 block of Doral Circle in Thousand Oaks, officials said.

Three men forced their way into the home, then fled when the residents returned home. A witness was able to describe the vehicle and give authorities a partial license plate number, officials said.

Investigators determined it was a sport utility vehicle rented by Merchuria Cooper, 31, of Los Angeles, officials said. That led detectives to identify another suspect, Kenneth Hall, 37, of Los Angeles, officials said.

Hall was Cooper’s boyfriend and had previously been stopped in a vehicle associated with her, officials said. He went to prison for a 1999 burglary attempt in Camarillo’s Spanish Hills, Schierman said. An alleged Los Angeles gang member, Hall was on parole for a 2005 residential burglary and was wanted for violating the terms of his release, officials said.

To find other suspects, authorities launched an investigation that included Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives. They later identified Los Angeles residents Dennis Coleman, 33, Miles Chaissions, 20, and Don Mosley, 32, as suspects, officials said.

Hall and Coleman appeared to be unemployed but owned or rented luxury vehicles, went on shopping sprees and spent thousands of dollars at nightclubs, officials said.

Investigators believe Coleman, Chaissions and Hall are responsible for burglarizing seven homes in Ventura County since the beginning of December. They and Mosley are suspected of committing eight more residential burglaries in Los Angeles and Orange counties during the same period, officials said.

Mosley was arrested Feb. 12 after he and two others allegedly burglarized two homes in Pacific Palisades, officials said.

Ventura County investigators learned about the burglary, and when Los Angeles police tried to pull over the suspects, they led police on a chase that reached 100 mph on the Pacific Coast Highway, officials said.

The suspects threw jewelry out of the vehicle during the chase before abandoning the vehicle in Santa Monica, officials said. Mosley was caught a short distance away. The other two escaped, officials said.

Mosley was booked into Los Angeles County jail, where he remained this week in lieu of $1 million bail.

Hall was arrested on a parole warrant in Las Vegas, where he remained in custody without bail this week, authorities said.

The other suspects were arrested around the time authorities served a series of search warrants in the Los Angeles area on Feb. 22, officials said.

Cooper was arrested at her residence and booked into Ventura County jail on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy, authorities said.

Investigators found large sums of cash and apparent stolen property at the home deputy Jones shared with Coleman, officials said. Jones was arrested on suspicion of burglary and being an accessory to commit burglary, Schierman said.

A 35-year-old Los Angeles resident, the deputy was booked into Ventura County jail Feb. 22 and released the next day, jail records show.

A six-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Jones was most recently assigned to its custody division, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the department.

Jones has been relieved of duty with pay, Whitmore said. The department is monitoring the investigation, and if Jones is charged with a felony, she could be stripped of her pay, he said. If convicted, Jones could be fired.

Coleman and Chaissions pleaded not guilty Friday to charges related to the alleged thefts of more than $200,000 in cash, jewelry and other items.

The investigation is continuing, and authorities said they expect to uncover more burglaries and make more arrests.

Schierman said he wouldn’t be surprised if the value of goods stolen reaches $1 million.

“This is the largest burglary investigation I’ve seen,” said the sergeant, a 23-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

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Drunk Houston Texas Police Officer “Under Investigation” After Chasing Teen And Breaking Into Home

June 6, 2011

KINGWOOD, TEXAS – An off-duty Houston police officer is the subject of an internal investigation after a family claims he broke into their home while chasing down a teenager. The family says it happened Friday in a neighborhood in Kingwood.

Witnesses on Quiet Glade Court tell us they watched that barefoot off-duty officer chase the boy down the street. Now the teen’s parents are demanding some answers, and action.

The glass on the front door is broken, and the people living here say you can still see an off-duty officer’s trail of blood around their home.

“He put his face to the window and then he punched a hole in the window so he can see through it and then he just opened the door,” said Matthew Pifer.

Pifer, 16, says it was last Friday when an off-duty Houston police officer who lives nearby chased him and his friend for allegedly no reason.

“He was intoxicated,” said Pifer. “I smelled a ton of alcohol off of him. He was drunk.”

The teen says that officer was barefoot and only wearing a bathing suit as the man barged through and broke his family’s front door. Pifer says the officer assaulted him and threatened his sister until a neighbor stepped in to help.

“He was a bit out of control,” recalled neighbor Beth Redmond. “He just kept saying that he was a police officer and he had the right.”

Redmond says he asked the officer what triggered the chase as she bandaged his bleeding hand.

“He said he smelled cigarette smoke,” she explained.

Pifer claims neither he nor his friends were smoking, just hanging out near a stop sign between his and the accused officer’s home.

“He thought that we were going to, like, vandalism his house, but we weren’t,” Pifer insisted. “We were going to someone else’s house and he thought we were going to his and he started chasing us.”

We’ve chosen not to identify the officer. But a spokesman from the Houston Police Department confirms internal affairs has launched an investigation.

Pifer’s parents say they not only want their door fixed, they say they want to press charges against the accused officer.

So far that accused officer has not returned our calls.

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Veteran Washington DC Police Officer Jennifer N. Green Arrested In Burglary Sting After Accepting Drugs And Money

March 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – A five-year veteran of the D.C. police department has been charged with accepting money she thought was stolen during a house burglary, after a sting operation by the internal affairs unit.

With her ankles and wrists in shackles, Officer Jennifer N. Green, 28, appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted receipt of stolen property. Magistrate Judge Diana Harris Epps allowed Green’s release but ordered her to undergo drug treatment and barred her from carrying firearms.

According to documents filed in court by police, the internal affairs unit hatched the operation using an informant with a pending assault case. Green and the informant met at Macombo’s Lounge in the District on Friday and talked about an apartment that contained a large amount of money and drugs, the documents say.

Green told the informant that she had no use for the drugs but that she could use the money, according to the documents.

About 7:45 p.m. Saturday, the informant called Green and asked whether she “was still trying to do that” with him later. Green, the documents say, then said, “Yeah, man, you got what you need to do that?” Green then asked for the address of the apartment, police say in the documents.

About 8:15, the informant arrived at Green’s apartment. Green, who was off duty, went outside and then went back for her police-issued radio, the documents say. Inside the informant’s vehicle, Green used the radio to monitor chatter from the 4th District, where she is assigned. Green then gave the informant directions to the apartment they were going to burglarize, and the two parked at a Safeway in the area, according to the documents.

The informant then pulled a crowbar out of the back seat and stuffed it into his right sleeve, the papers say. The informant went inside the apartment on Quincy Street and returned with $1,050 that had been marked by D.C. police internal affairs officers and a plastic bag containing white soap pieces that were packaged to resemble crack cocaine, the papers say.

According to the documents, Green ordered the defendant to drive away as she counted the money. She told the informant the total was “G 50” and said she would take $600, the papers say.

The informant drove back to Green’s apartment about 9 p.m., and Green was arrested outside.

On Monday, Green was housed away from other prisoners in a segregated, lockup unit in D.C. Superior Court before her case was called.

After her hearing, Green left the courthouse with her parents and court-appointed attorney. She declined comment.

Several of Green’s friends, including one uniformed officer, sat with Green’s family before her case was called. Green was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the charges. Green’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 17.

In a statement announcing Green’s arrest, D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the force “must be just as proactive about preventing corruption as we are about preventing crime.”

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Phoenix Arizona Police Chief Phil Gordon’s House Burglarized – While He Was Inside

October 11, 2010

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon’s house was burglarized Saturday morning after a thief entered through the backdoor.

The mayor was home alone and is unharmed, he said.

But Gordon said he is missing his personal home computer, and there is about $1,000 worth of damage to his central Phoenix house.

Gordon said he noticed everything was fine on Friday night before he went to bed around 10 p.m. The mayor, who is generally an early riser, woke up a little before 4 a.m. the next day. While he was making coffee, he said, he noticed a draft in the house coming from the laundry room but didn’t think anything of it, and went to watch television.

It wasn’t until about 6:30 a.m., he said, that he noticed anything was wrong. Gordon stepped out to the backyard and saw the backdoor had been damaged, with wood chips on the floor and the plaster wall of his home broken.

His computer was gone, but his wallet and checkbook that were in the same room weren’t taken, he said.

Gordon said he immediately called his security detail, which told him to leave the house and call 911.

Phoenix police officers came to the scene to collect evidence and dust for fingerprints, but Gordon said no one has been caught yet.

“One crime is too many,” Gordon said, but “Phoenix is still a very safe city.”

Last month, the Phoenix Police Department released statistics showing that the number of reported crimes in the city reached 20-year lows in some categories.

The mayor has a team of four detectives and a sergeant overseeing his day-to-day personal security but he isn’t monitored 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. City officials will likely meet Monday to discuss the incident and whether any changes to the mayor’s security detail are necessary, said David Leibowitz, a spokesman for the mayor.

Gordon said some called Saturday suggesting he increase his security detail, but the mayor said that is a judgment call he’ll leave for the police department and other city officials to decide.

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