Ex-NYPD Cop Pleads Guilty in Attempt to Steal $900,000

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011  |  Updated 5:17 PM EDT
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Ex-NYPD Cop Pleads Guilty in Attempt to Steal $900,000

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A former New York City police officer has pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and conspiracy in a plan to steal $900,000 in cash.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced the guilty plea of 43-year-old former officer Shawn Jenkins on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Jenkins planned to break into an apartment in upper Manhattan to steal $900,000 that he believed to be hidden beneath the floorboards of a closet. The money was supposedly hidden by a reported drug dealer.

Prosecutors say Jenkins planned to steal the money after immobilizing the tenant with a Taser gun and securing him with handcuffs.

The plan was thwarted by the Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau and members of a Drug Enforcement Administration task force.

Jenkins was arrested on May 13, 2009 and suspended from the department.

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