Tuesday, October 18, 2011
NYPD Cop accused in $900G theft rap is busted for tampering with witness
A cop awaiting trial on charges of plotting to steal $900,000 from a drug dealer's old apartment has now been busted for confronting a witness, the Daily News has learned.
Shawn Jenkins, 43, was charged last Wednesday with tampering with a witness in the case of the would-be burglary.
"I found out that you testified against me," he told the woman inside her Amsterdam Ave. building, according to court papers. "I have known your family for a long time and I can't believe you are doing this and saying I did these things."
The woman, who had previously testified against Jenkins before a grand jury, called police because she was concerned for the safety of her children, who were home at the time, sources said.
Jenkins was charged in May 2009 with planning to invade the Inwood apartment with a police informant to grab the cash, hidden underneath floorboards.
Jenkins had allegedly planned to use a fake warrant, stun guns and handcuffs to immobilize the new tenant, who was apparently unaware the apartment had once been used as a dealer's stash house.
The plot was thwarted before Jenkins could hit the apartment, according to court papers.
Jenkins was initially charged by federal authorities, but the case was later referred to the Manhattan district attorney's office, which is preparing for trial. He was indicted on charges of attempted burglary and conspiracy.
Jenkins, who is suspended and has eight years on the force, was being held in lieu of $2,500 bail.