NYPD Officer Investigated After Burglary on Long Island: Report

Sources tell the Daily News the FBI is investigating whether the 14-year veteran detective was involved with any other crimes

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    Authorities are investigating whether an NYPD detective arrested for robbing a home on Long Island is part of a larger burglary crew across the area, according to a published report.

    Rafael (Ray) Astacio, 39, was caught, along with three others, after a break-in earlier this month in Lindenhurst and charged with second-degree burglary. The 14-year veteran was freed on $2,500 bail and suspended from the NYPD without pay.

    His three alleged accomplices were also free on bond.

    Sources told the Daily News the FBI is now looking into whether the cop was involved in any corruption or committed any crimes during his tenure as a vice cop and sex-crimes investigator. 

    The paper reached out to Astacio at his Copiague home, but he hung up without commenting.

    He was named in a false-arrest suit in 2009 after a man arrested for gambling was kept in jail for an extra day on a warrant that was for another suspect.

    The man sued the city and Astacio, and was awarded a $25,000 settlement.

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