A glimpse at tomorrow's DN story on the latest in the Pat's Cafe controversy:
You can’t buy integrity, but one longtime Philadelphia police officer allegedly kissed his goodbye for the paltry sum of $825.
That’s the amount of money that went missing from a safe inside Pat’s Café in the Lower Northeast on Tuesday morning, when an on-duty cop was caught on a surveillance camera removing “something” from the safe, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said yesterday.
Although three on-duty K-9 unit cops are caught up in the investigation into what happened inside the neighborhood bar at Castor Avenue and Arrott Street earlier this week, Ramsey made it clear that only one of them is allegedly dirty.
That cop, according to police sources, is Kenneth Crockett, a 26-year veteran who has worked in the K-9 unit for most of his career.
Crockett has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Ramsey noted that the case is still being investigated and that he expects the District Attorney’s Office to determine soon whether the cop will face charges.
In the meantime, Crockett will remain on desk duty. Ramsey said he expects to move the two other cops back to regular duty today.
“Those two officers and their families don’t deserve to be painted with the same brush right now,” he said.
“When you look at the tape, it’s not until the other officers walk away that this going into the safe takes place.”