Authorities say Former NYPD Detective Ian Cyrus stole cash during a raid. Now, he claims he was fired unfairly, and he wants his job back.
It supposedly happened during an April 3, 2015 raid on Yemen Deli and Grocery, located near Halsey St. on Marcus Garvey Blvd. The police were looking for evidence of untaxed cigarettes. Cyrus was supposed to be vouchering what he found.
However, store manager Ali Abdullah says the cop stole $3,000 in cash. The officer was caught on video stuffing the money inside his coat pocket. He was officially kicked off the force on November 16, 2015. Abdullah told Daily News that “He was stealing the money and putting it in his pocket.”
Now, the cop is claiming it was all unfair, claiming in a new lawsuit:
“…department brass’ statements about the incident ‘irretrievably tainted the disciplinary process.'”
Abdullah had also told reporters the money was going to be used for rent.
When Abdullah saw it was missing, he assumed an employee pocketed it. But Abdullah was shocked when footage revealed a cop was stuffing cash in his coat, he had said.
Even though video apparently shows the 12-year department vet pocketing the cash, he maintains he did nothing wrong during his work with the Vice squad that day.
“The other Detectives grabbed bags or boxes that were present in the deli to contain the money or cigarettes seized,” according to his suit. “Cyrus placed the money he recovered in his pocket-which was not against any NYPD rule, regulation or policy.”
Cyrus claims NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s statements at a Compstat meeting about a week later ruined his chances for a fair investigation.
“It appears that one of our officers, in the presence of a supervisor and a partner, actually stole money. Video recorded during the course of an illegal search,” Bratton was quoted as saying at the time.
“The idea that that type of activity might still go on in the 21st Century is mind-boggling. It’s disturbing.”
Cyrus’ lawyer declined to comment.
A spokesman for the city Law Department said “We will review the petition once it is served.”
Only two grocery employees were collared during the bust, officials said at the time. The department decided to search the deli after getting a tip it sold untaxed cigarettes.
An undercover officer followed up on the tip and bought a $9 pack of untaxed Newports several days prior to the raid. Cops confiscated and recorded various untaxed cigarettes and $593 during the raid, sources previously told The News.