Policeman called to investigate burglary steals cash, ATM cards, wallet from crime scene
A Florida police deputy has been accused of stealing cash, credit cards and a wallet from a crime scene.
Orange County Sheriff’s Capt. Angelo Nieves tells local news outlets that Deputy Joseph Suheil Haddad was arrested Tuesday following an internal affairs investigation which found that he’d used the credit cards illegally.
Officials say Haddad responded to a burglary on Sunday, which evolved into a drug investigation.
The person who reported the burglary, Sammy Shehata, was then arrested. When that man asked deputies if he could gather his belongings, he noticed that items including $1,750 in cash and the credit cards were missing.
Shehata said Haddad was inside the house when he went to retrieve his things. “He even said, ‘Well, I don’t have it.’ It’s not like I asked him if he had it,” said Shehata.
An investigation was launched against Haddad, and Osceola County deputies discovered the cards had been used in their jurisdiction.
Shehata said when he got out of jail, he had notifications from his bank that his credit cards had been used, so he reported it to the sheriff’s office.
Osceola County deputies assisted with the investigation, which led to Haddad’s arrest following a search of his home. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a grand theft charge.
According to the charging affidavit, Haddad and his wife were seen on camera using Shehata’s cards at Target and Walmart stores in Osceola County.
The report said they bought a baby crib, baby monitor, clothing, household goods and other baby supplies.
When questioned, Haddad told investigators he accidentally took the wallet while processing evidence and that it wasn’t until he got to Target that he realised he was using someone else’s credit card.
Haddad was relieved of his duty without pay and he was stripped of his law enforcement authority.
He was hired by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in April 2016.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a statement Wednesday, “The facts in this case are troubling to me. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is not a place for a liar or thief to work.
“I am committed to ensuring that such individuals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that they will be fired.”punch