N.Y. Police Officer Allegedly Steals Dead Man’s Credit Card and Buys Diamond Ring

Diamond215px-NypdpatchA New York City police officer Ymmacula Pierre, 30, has been charged with possession of stolen property, identity theft and official misconduct after allegedly stealing the credit card information of a man found dead in an apartment in Union Square. She allegedly used the information to go to Zales and buy a diamond ring.


Pierre was dispatched to the apartment of Ken Sanden, 65, to conduct a wellness check requested by the tenant’s family. She is accused of stealing the information to buy a $3,200 diamond ring from Zales two days later.

Zales_Store_BriarwoodPierre has been on the force three years, and pleaded not guilty. She is currently suspended without pay for 30 days.

It is interesting that the charges do not include robbery or burglary. The fact that the man was deceased may have been viewed as problematic for the former charge but why not charge burglary? The charge may have been viewed as problematic on the ground that she did not enter with the intention of committing the felony and only seized the moment when spotting the card card information. It would have made for another interesting element in the fact that she was armed:

S 140.30 Burglary in the first degree.
A person is guilty of burglary in the first degree when he knowingly
enters or remains unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime
therein, and when, in effecting entry or while in the dwelling or in
immediate flight therefrom, he or another participant in the crime:
1. Is armed with explosives or a deadly weapon; or
2. Causes physical injury to any person who is not a participant in
the crime; or
3. Uses or threatens the immediate use of a dangerous instrument; or
4. Displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun,
machine gun or other firearm; except that in any prosecution under this
subdivision, it is an affirmative defense that such pistol, revolver,
rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm was not a loaded weapon
from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious
physical injury, could be discharged. Nothing contained in this
subdivision shall constitute a defense to a prosecution for, or preclude
a conviction of, burglary in the second degree, burglary in the third
degree or any other crime.
Burglary in the first degree is a class B felony.

24 thoughts on “N.Y. Police Officer Allegedly Steals Dead Man’s Credit Card and Buys Diamond Ring”

  1. People who steal from the dead end up in Dante’s lowest level of hell.

  2. For those of you who have seen the show Coppers, the first thing the coppers do at a death scene is case the place for anything they can steal. Goods are divvied up by rank.

  3. I’d like say this story is surprising, but unfortunately it is not. Although there are still truly decent, unwaveringly honest people in this country, their numbers seem to be reducing with each passing day. Then again, maybe it’s just me!

    This officer deserves her day in court… innocent until proven guilty and all that… But if the facts of this story are true, she needs to immediately join the ranks of the unemployed and spend some serious time in jail.

    I empathize with some of the other posters here… theft is violation of a person’s liberty and can be a very emotional thing to deal with. I travelled the world and lived in many different places during my service career, seeing the best and worst from many different people. I have personally been robbed three times in my life, unfortunately despite all my travels, all three robberies occurred in the small Southern Illinois town where I live. The decline of moral absolutes in this country will eventually lead to our ruin.

  4. Those who live by the sword, die by the sword. Therefore she deserves the death penalty.

  5. When my mother lay dying in the hospital with a horrific brain injury and we were making the horrible decision on whether to continue to use heroic measures and keep her body alive for a little while longer or remove the breathing tubes and let her die a natural death…….someone in the medical community was busy stealing her jewelry including a large gold nugget that she had found while gold panning and of which she was very proud.

    What a low life scum sucking thing to do. We had enough on our plate at that time to pursue it. The breach of trust at that time gave me a whole new insight into the “trustworthiness” and supposed saintly character of those in the medical field.

    It wasn’t the value of the stolen items. It was the cruelty of the action. Stealing from a dying woman while her family stood grieving in the hallways.

  6. @ jimnjoy: True if there is estate will and next of kin. But some have no next of kin. Even designated power of attorney (POA) start figuring things out. Like vultures waiting for last dyeing breath.

  7. Stealing from the dead’s next of kin is still stealing. Pretty despicable.

  8. Another site says she was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft, attempted grand larceny, and official misconduct. She pleaded not guilty and was released.

    @ Fred: The stuff may be no longer needed but it still belongs to the deceased’s next of kin…not to whomever wanders into the scene. I hope you don’t believe that it’s OK to steal what doesn’t belong to you.

  9. When my dad passed away in the nursing home, various personal items, including the remaining cash in his account, disappeared. The value wasn’t worth dealing with a lawyer.

  10. Sometimes it’s not just cops doing it. When cops, EMT, and firefighters arrive at home of person who lives alone but passed away, cash and jewelry will be taken.
    You can’t take this stuff to heaven. So its no longer needed.

  11. Her mistake was in going to the local store. Had she ordered it online, nothing would happen. Couple of years ago someone got hold of my company credit card and made online purchases with shipping address in another state. We made police report, and that address was known; plus IP address the order was made from was also known. Police response was: unfortunately, we can’t do anything because it’s not our jurisdiction. There are quite a few of these agencies, Internet Task Force and such, and it appears that they do absolutely nothing except providing their own job security.

  12. When a police officer commits a crime while on duty the punishment for that crime should be enhanced. In this case the officer used here position and official status to take and used this information. It is appalling. What on earth are they teaching at the Academy?

  13. “why not charge burglary”

    Professional courtesy. Because she’s a hero right?

  14. If guilty, this is one of those instances where the sentence should be doubled.

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