Northeast Times

Ex-cop gets probation for theft

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An ex-Phil­adelphia patrol of­ficer who briefly worked in the North­east was sen­tenced Thursday to three years pro­ba­tion after ad­mit­ting that he stole $352 from a wo­man he thought was a pan­hand­ler.

Kev­in Work­man, 48, ac­tu­ally grabbed the cash from an un­der­cov­er fel­low of­ficer, who was work­ing for the po­lice de­part­ment’s In­tern­al Af­fairs Bur­eau and pos­ing as the beg­gar.

The sting oc­curred on Oct. 17 in the 2nd dis­trict, where Work­man was as­signed. At the time of his ar­rest, sources with­in the dis­trict told the North­east Times that Work­man had been trans­ferred there weeks earli­er after su­per­visors re­ceived com­plaints about him in the 22nd dis­trict in North Philly.

The po­lice de­part­ment re­fused to dis­close de­tails of the in­vest­ig­a­tion or Work­man’s al­leged crimes at the time, say­ing only that he had been sus­pen­ded with in­tent to dis­miss.

After last week’s hear­ing, As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Mi­chael Bon­ner re­portedly told KYW ra­dio, “Po­lice had tips Of­ficer Work­man had a case of sticky fin­gers and was tak­ing money from people he was ar­rest­ing.”

In­vest­ig­at­ors re­cor­ded the seri­al num­bers of the bait money used in the sting. That cash was re­covered.

In a ne­go­ti­ated plea, Work­man pleaded guilty to re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, ob­struc­tion of justice and of­fi­cial op­pres­sion and was ordered to pay $1,875 in resti­tu­tion to oth­er vic­tims. In ex­change, the DA’s of­fice dropped two theft charges against him. ••

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