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DA: Suffolk cop stole cash during traffic stops

A file photo shows Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota during a news conference in Hauppauge.
A file photo shows Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota during a news conference in Hauppauge.Photo Credit: Mike Balsamo/Examiner.com

A Suffolk County police sergeant was arrested Thursday night in Coram after prosecutors said he was stealing money from motorists he pulled over during traffic stops, according to a Jan. 31 Newsday report.

The police supervisor, Scott A. Greene, of Shirley, was arrested Thursday night when the district attorney’s office set up a sting operation. Prosecutors said they also have video showing the officer searching a car he stopped and taking money from an envelope in the vehicle.

“We set up a sting to catch him in the act and that’s exactly what happened last night,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a statement. “We believe this officer…has been targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing cash from them during traffic stops.”

Greene was arraigned Friday morning at Suffolk First District Court in Central Islip and pleaded not guilty to petit larceny and official misconduct charges. He was released without bail and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Newsday reported Greene was hired in 1989. It was unclear Friday if he has been suspended or if he will continue to collect his salary, which was $177,709 in 2013, according to the latest available payroll records.

Greene’s current work assignment was not released and a spokeswoman for the Suffolk County Police Department would not provide information about his current status with the department. She also declined to comment on his arrest.

Spota is expected to release more details about the investigation during a Friday afternoon news conference in Hauppauge.