A sheriff's deputy named Jason Cooke allegedly stole from a dying man’s home during Hurricane Irma, and a security camera caught him in the act.
A man living in North Carolina called the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on September 12 requesting a welfare check for his 85-year-old father, who lived in Boynton Beach, Florida. According to CNN, the concerned son told police the surveillance camera inside his father’s home stopped detecting motion. His dad, Moe Rosoff, stayed home alone during the hurricane.
Several police officers arrived at Rosoff’s home to find him severely injured. He had fallen and hit his head during a power outage related to the hurricane. He was transported to a hospital, but he died the same day.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Deputy Cooke was not involved in the initial welfare check. However, he stopped by Rosoff’s home later and began rummaging through the house. He can be seen on surveillance footage opening containers and putting their contents into his pockets.
The motion detector on the home’s camera alerted Rosoff's sons to the crime, the Sun Sentinel reported.
“We were outraged and disgusted when we viewed this,” the family said in a statement.
The statement added: "We were told that Officer Cooke denied the crime at first, but after he was shown the video, he admitted the crimes. Found in Mr. Cooke's patrol car was a 2016 prescription bottle containing Vyvanse, a central nervous system stimulant, 47 pills of Tramadol Hydrochloride, a strong pain killer (with 3 different markings), Proclorperazine Maleate an anti-psychotic drug and Carisoprodol (Soma) a muscle relaxant. Not all of these medications we think were taken from our father, leading us to believe that this was not Officer Cooke's first crime."
According to police, Cooke has confessed to taking drugs from the home, and he was arrested last week on burglary and larceny charges.
"Unfortunately, sometimes an employee makes a bad decision, which leads to misconduct," Teri Barbera, public information officer for Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, said. "We investigated and determined his actions were criminal in nature, resulting in the charges."