Detroit Cops Begin Supplementing Missing Pensions with Armed Robbery

Some Detroit cops are finding creative ways to supplement their income.


Now that Detroit is headed for bankruptcy and city employees know their pensions are in danger, some are finding creative ways to supplement their income.

Like armed robbery.

A photograph snapped by a citizen and distributed to the media led to the arrest of two police officers who allegedly robbed and assaulted two people last week, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Monday.

The two men — one a sergeant and 20-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department; the other with the same rank in St. Clair Shores — allegedly wore their badges around their necks and drew their department-issued pistols when they robbed two men at an east side gas station on July 21, according to police. One of the victims was assaulted, Craig said.

So they just assumed no one would care.

The Detroit sergeant was arrested Saturday while working at the 12th Precinct. His alleged accomplice also was arrested Saturday at his home.

The crime happened around 4:45 p.m. at a Citgo gas station on French Road. The two cops drove to the station together in a private vehicle, approached the victims with their guns drawn and badges hanging from their necks, Craig said.

“It’s alleged they stole money and a cellphone,” Craig said. Stair added that one of the victims was struck with one of the officers’ guns, although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Getting hard to tell the cops from the crooks in Detroit. This isn't the first time this happened this year.

 A Detroit police officer who’s served on the force for more than a decade has been accused of orchestrating a series of robberies in southeast Michigan.


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