New York City police officer busted for buying iPhone on the street for $15

New York City police officer busted for buying iPhone on the street for $15
You have heard the phrase, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” Sergeant Victor Leandry of the New York City Police Department should have reminded himself of that “truth.”

Unfortunately for him, he allegedly got caught up in a sting operating which was focused on catching stolen devices being sold on the black market. It is also perhaps apropos that Sgt. Leandry works in the Internal Affairs Bureau which is NYPD’s internal investigative unit aimed at combing out nefarious activities within the police force.

The undercover cop who sold Leandry the “hot” iPhone apparently harassed him until he finally agreed to buy it for $15 which was all the money he had on him at the time. Leandry’s attorney said that the phone was never offered as “stolen” or “fell off the truck” and there is no video or audio of the transaction. Taken together, he argues, Sgt. Leandry should not even be charged.

“Tourists flock to this city every day from other countries to engage in the experience of buying goods on the streets of New York City,” said Leandry’s lawyer, John D’Alessandro. “There is nothing criminal about it.”

Sgt. Leandry appears in court on January 15th.  Maybe we have watched too much Law & Order or other TV police dramas, but a sting without video or audio does not seem to be too well organized. We know technology starts to get “affordable” as new generations come out, but $15 seems like a stretch. Besides, these guys apparently did not realize that Apple products get more expensive over time.
 
via: Mashable


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43 Comments

43. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yes, lets arrest the person who buys the product. So much for consumer rights.

41. lonewolf2873

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

I agree with all you " its a criminal act" people. If anyone breaks the law, they should be charged. Problem I have is, did he knowingly break the law? If he bought the item, with no sign of shadiness, where is the crime? If I buy a car that happens to be stolen two months earlier, and title looks legit, I should NOT be charged. I can't keep the car but I didn't break the law! The law allows me to sue the seller though. That's LAW in action. The second you assume anything, which alot of you are in this story, you aren't really following the legal system. The day YOU get trapped for something you didn't really do illegally, you will be crying foul, and I will be there laughing at your dumba$$!

40. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea I dont get this.....its not like it was a box of iPhones in the back of a truck. If it wasnt offered as 'hot', I dont see the problem. So, he got busted for buying what could have been the owners own property...this is either a bad sting or some details got left out. Then he bought it after getting badgered for some minutes. Something doesnt add up.

21. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Wont hold at all in court. Once again wasting our tax money.

23. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Exactly. What a waste of time and money.

30. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

But it will get him fired. He probably violated many internal policies by buying goods in the street.

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

The reality is, while many police officers are upstanding and ethical, many are just corrupt street punks that took a test and passed with a bare minimum; now they get to enforce laws that they, themselves, deem to be above. I think that there should be a different set of punishment standards for crooked cops; they should receive double the punishment for breaking the laws they supposedly enforce. I see cops all the time on NYC streets doing absolutely nothing but talking on their damn cell phones (probably with their mistresses ['ho's], cheating on their wives) and getting paid; that's the men. The female cops [not all] are usually overweight and can't move or they're just butchy lesbians.

17. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

What strikes me as odd is that he's IAB which might mean he was targeted specifically as many cops dislike IAB. Sounds like a movie but I've experienced how pushy these sting operators can be. My sister was picked up for picking up a wallet and headed toward a cop. I was picked up for nearly assaulting a sting operator because he was aggressive in pushing me hot items, and I'm in forensics.

18. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Of course there are quite a few corrupt cops making up the NYPD, especially since they're more accepting as they "need bodies." One of the reasons why I chose another state's PD.

19. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I couldn't agree more as, many cops just feel above the law. Don't get me wrong, there are many good and honest ones but they are greatly outnumbered by the corrupt. And, as with any "organization", there's a great deal of politics; you're either on the inside or your on the outside.

35. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

That's what happens when they lower recruiting standards and a megalomaniacal mayor that wants results regardless. That encounter nearly ended my career in forensics while my sister received a warning for the good deed.

37. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

So......... I'm not the only one who thinks he's a megalomaniac!!!! Good! He is beyong "Textbook" Narcissistic Personality Disorder and buys his way into everything to feed his ego, especially the New York Social Register.

13. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Ridiculous. The man is risking his life every day to serve and protect the community. This is how they treat him? Why don't they invest their time and money on real issues that actually affect innocent citizens instead of a sting operation for stolen iJunk? This is one the most disappointing stories I've read in a long time.

20. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

how they treat him? dont buy stolen goods. he didnt have to buy the phone. iphone and ipad thefts are an epidemic in NYC. thyere up like 50% or some stupid number like that. NYC is one of the safest cities in the world, when you accomplish that you go after more menial crimes. educate yourself.

22. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Ok you're right. Stolen stuff is definitely the most pressing issue in NYC.

24. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

quit reaching, i never said it was the most pressing issue in NYC. youre defending a criminal. stealing is against the law. so someone steals your car. you report it. after two months they find a person in another state that bought your car fair and square for 50$ cash. he should not be at fault and should be allowed to keep your car? didnt think so.

25. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Wow are you for real dude? You right away think this guy is trash. He's probably a good cop who got pushed into a crappy situation. Whatever, keep bashing the police. I hope when you need them, they are too busy buying a cheap ipod to help you.

26. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

just because hes a police officer doenst mean he deserves any respect. hes a criminal. maybe he made a poor choice, but taht doesnt excuse his actions. hes no different than any other thief out there. i dont understand why people defend police officers just because theyre in positions of authority. people in positions of authority can be assholes too. this officer could have just as easily arrested the person trying to sell him a hot item. if hes in the internal affairs office hes smart enough to connect the dots.

28. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Stop being so being high and mighty. You're not perfect either. Not defending him because he's in a position of authority, I'm defending him because just like someone in the military, there's a very real chance he doesn't come from work one day. You nor I have any right to judge this man. He didn't steal the item and don't say buying it is just as bad because that's just a stupid statement. Oh well, I hope he gets off this ridiculous nonsense charge. Maybe the NYPD sting operations should focus on all the gangs, drugs, rape and murder happening everyday instead of this nonsense. Peace out and remember...Friends don't let friends use iOS!

29. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

so someone steals your car. you report it. after two months they find a person in another state that bought your car fair and square for 50$ cash. he should not be at fault and should be allowed to keep your car? if you cannot answer this question, your logic is flawed. its the same scenario. btw gobears, go bears love chicago. no malice against you. its just disturbing to see people defending the criminals because they are police officers. this man was trained to prevent, and investigate actions such as this. then committed teh same actions he was trained to stop/investigate. thats a clear decision to me.

31. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

One last post on this subject. I will love and comment on whatever I choose to, no offense. To answer your question, I couldn't care less about the guy that bought my stolen car, I care about the scum that stole it. Also its not even close to the same thing comparing a $300 phone that someone could have dropped or misplaced to a $15000 car. Purchase of the car requires the title and a proper transfer so no he would not be allowed to keep it. If you're going to make a comparison scenario, at least make it an intelligent one.

32. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

well, here in america where this story takes place, thats against the law. and youre still wrong. also each state has different title and registration laws. its also very easy to sell a car for parts or the parts themselves and make more money. so make an intelligent post before you belittle people.

38. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

The officer didn't steal it. He's the buyer, not the seller. The buyer can buy anything he wants as long as the product is being sold, stolen or not. The price of the product being sold is up to the seller and can be negotiable. I live in NYC and I can tell you at least half of cops here don't make an honest living.

39. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

"Stealing is against the law" ... wah, wah, wah... "stealing is against the law" waaaaaaaaahhh!!! WHAAAAAAAAT LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW????! A sale is a sale ! That's the end of that, period!!!

42. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

you buy a watch from someone on craigslist. you get a great deal and your car breaks. you need some money so you go to the pawnshop to sell the watch. even though you didnt steal the watch, the serial number gets marked as stolen. youre goign to tell me youre not getting arrested? you must live in a different america than the one i live in.

9. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Why was he even arrested? Stolen or not, what somebody does with their money is their own business. The value of the phone was dropped when it was used for porn during a masturbation marathon then stuck up a woman's uterus for sh*ts and giggles and then dropped but the dog sh*t was there to cushion it. Any takers?

8. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

I don't give a Rat's ass what the damn Law is in New York or any other state. If i didn't steal it, i shouldn't be charged with whatever they charge you (they always make s*** up). If you wanna sell me something like an iPhone for 20 bucks then hell yeah i'll the 20... How would i know if it's stolen or not, it's a great deal same as when we go to the flea Markets... Same crap, most of the merchandise in flea markets ARE STOLEN... FACT.. So then everybody that goes and buys a stolen Car Radio from this guy with a nice booth and everything should be charged right?/?? Come on COP, give me a brake... These Laws are either to be taken seriously or as a joke. Either arrest everybody or Don't arrest anybody... Not when you feel like it. I would fight with them in court and humiliate them like no one's ever seen.

7. wendygarett unregistered

My parents bought an equivalent of $300 second handed ip5 to me, I hope the police won't bust me lol

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well Wendy. Let hope its not some body important that have lost an iPhone 5. Otherwise, Apple will help them track to your doorstep.

6. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Maybe $50 for a iPhone5

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