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Philly Cop Accused Of Stealing, Using Inmate’s Credit Cards

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia police officer, who was supposed to protect inmate’s belongings, is now accused of stealing from them.

Charles Jacoby III, 30, worked as a cell block attendant in the 22nd District, according to assistant US attorney Kevin Brenner.

“Guarding inmates who were incarcerated and he was responsible for safeguarding their personal belongings, which were removed from them as they were being processed,” Brenner explained.

But instead of properly securing inmates’ belongings, Brenner says Jacoby was using them for personal gain.

“He would take the debit and credit cards to a Wawa store in Philadelphia where he would use the cards to purchase various items for himself and to fill up the tank of his personal vehicle and then he would rip up and throw away the stolen cards.”

“He was taking credit cards from arrestees and using them for his own purpose. I mean, we have video of him using the cards,” says Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. “We started the investigation because of some complaints that we had.”

Ramsey says Jacoby took advantage of his position.

“There have been other complaints it has happened in the past, we weren’t able to prove it. This time we were. I’ll be firing him obviously, that paperwork is being generated now, and I will sign it as soon as it gets on my desk,” Ramsey said.

He says the allegations are taken seriously, adding that it’s an embarrassment to the department.

“He’s certainly not someone who should be a member of this organization and we’re going to do everything we can to root them out, (we’re) not going to stop. So, however embarrassing it is, you just have to bear with it until we clean house.”

Jacoby is charged with wire fraud. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits and Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Black Cop

    This is insane to waste his career with something as stupid as this, then again we have to realize that even the police are humans and they will make mistakes but if he does things like this then what else has he done that they have not found out about.

  • mrbluesays

    You will find lots of innocent people in these jails, And you will also find lots of guilty people who never saw the inside of jail…. what color do they tend to be, and why?

  • joe

    nothin but criminals with badges

  • CAPS

    Yahoo affirmative action hiring at its best ! It’s all coming out now they hire nothing but criminals as police .

    • Look at the picture

      Hey stupid, he’s white. What do you mean affirmative action!

      • anon513

        LMAO They just never want to believe, do they? Love your comment. LMAO

  • Slam Master P

    Attorneys, bus drivers, fire fighters you name it all kinds of people commit crime. Guess you won’t be liking anyone. Including yourself if you ever commit a crime.

    • Sal Manella

      Some groups commit a lot more crimes than others, but you choose to ignore that.

  • Zzbar

    And you want me to like cops?

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