Cop among 3 charged in cigarette theft

Cop among 3 charged in cigarette theft

There are 220 comments on the Newsday story from May 17, 2007, titled Cop among 3 charged in cigarette theft. In it, Newsday reports that:

A Suffolk County police officer and two civilians were arrested yesterday and charged with stealing contraband cigarettes that had been seized by cops and earmarked for destruction, police said.

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David Allen

Middle Island, NY

#1 May 17, 2007
Mike Beam is a regular guy. Hopefully he will emerge from this unscathed. Let's hold off judging him until all the evidence is presented.
John

Alexandria, VA

#2 May 17, 2007
Beam can say goodbye to his job and large pension.
abc123

Mount Sinai, NY

#3 May 17, 2007
John wrote:
Beam can say goodbye to his job and large pension.
Also his FREE donuts
BLB

Paterson, NJ

#4 May 17, 2007
John wrote:
Beam can say goodbye to his job and large pension.
Not quite. Being that he put in his 20 years of service completing it in April 07, he is locked into his pension no metter what the outcome is.
JACK

Corona, NY

#5 May 17, 2007
Beam is a regular guy and a cop and a crook,,how nice!
JACK

Corona, NY

#6 May 17, 2007
BLB wrote:
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Not quite. Being that he put in his 20 years of service completing it in April 07, he is locked into his pension no metter what the outcome is.
yea right ,,its only good if he retires,if he gets fired he gets nothing.Do you really think they are going to allow him to keep his pension!
PeteF

AOL

#7 May 17, 2007
Officer Beam seems to have only delayed the process of the incinerator. He just wanted to burn them more slowly. If he took them to re-sell them then that is another story. Pass them out to his buddies is another story.

The fact that he was assigned to the Ppoperty Clerk's office may tell you something in itself. The rubber-gun guys are often placed somewhere that they can do the least amount of harm.

I am not condoning stupidity. I am not condoning diverting property for personal use for ANY reason. BTW, I never heard of a U.S. Customs Agent being arrested for 'incinerating' a Havana Cigar.
Another Crooked Cop

Istanbul, Turkey

#8 May 17, 2007
This is just the story of one of hundreds of corrupt cops except this one got cought.
Steve

New York, NY

#9 May 17, 2007
JACK wrote:
<quoted text>yea right ,,its only good if he retires,if he gets fired he gets nothing.Do you really think they are going to allow him to keep his pension!
Yup. You had better read the law. The Politicians have the law written to protect their own pensions if they commit a crime. It also carries over to other municipal workers. You have cops in jail on drug charges collecting their pension. Great huh...steal from the public and get a reward in the end. Great State New York.
Steve

New York, NY

#10 May 17, 2007
PeteF wrote:
Officer Beam seems to have only delayed the process of the incinerator. He just wanted to burn them more slowly. If he took them to re-sell them then that is another story. Pass them out to his buddies is another story.
The fact that he was assigned to the Ppoperty Clerk's office may tell you something in itself. The rubber-gun guys are often placed somewhere that they can do the least amount of harm.
I am not condoning stupidity. I am not condoning diverting property for personal use for ANY reason. BTW, I never heard of a U.S. Customs Agent being arrested for 'incinerating' a Havana Cigar.
Are you saying as long as he didn't sell them no crime was committed? If so then you need to read the law.
A friend

United States

#11 May 17, 2007
I personnally know him and his family.... I am shocked ,he always had a holier than thou attitude(yes, a typical cop)... BUT I never thought he would do this. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and 2 kids.
ex-nyer

Glenside, PA

#12 May 17, 2007
YOU MIGHT SAY HIS CAREER WENT UP IN SMOKES !!!!
Lorraine-New York City

San Antonio, TX

#13 May 17, 2007
Untaxed cigarettes?! Oh, my, let's put him in jail for life...what a terrible crime!!!!!
you people need help

Greenvale, NY

#14 May 17, 2007
David Allen wrote:
Mike Beam is a regular guy. Hopefully he will emerge from this unscathed. Let's hold off judging him until all the evidence is presented.
oh PLEASE POOR GUY HE MAKES $80,000.00 A YEAR AND I AM GOING TO FEEL BAD FOR THAT
you people need help

Greenvale, NY

#15 May 17, 2007
F THE POLICE
Tha Real

New York, NY

#17 May 17, 2007
you people need help wrote:
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oh PLEASE POOR GUY HE MAKES $80,000.00 A YEAR AND I AM GOING TO FEEL BAD FOR THAT
Uh, with 20 years on... I'm sure he makes well more than that. Just another one of Suffolks finest at their best. Oink, Oink.
A friend

United States

#18 May 17, 2007
he made alot more than that! He is a nice guy, regardless, and he is not convicted yet, lets wait till the facts are out.
you people need help

Greenvale, NY

#20 May 17, 2007
Tha Real wrote:
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Uh, with 20 years on... I'm sure he makes well more than that. Just another one of Suffolks finest at their best. Oink, Oink.
LMAO YOU ARE SO RIGHT SUFFOLKS FINEST LMAO
you people need help

Greenvale, NY

#21 May 17, 2007
A friend wrote:
he made alot more than that! He is a nice guy, regardless, and he is not convicted yet, lets wait till the facts are out.


I AM NOT SAYING HE IS GUILTY HE IS JUST STUPID COP
WOODY from ST JAMES

AOL

#22 May 17, 2007
JACK wrote:
<quoted text>yea right ,,its only good if he retires,if he gets fired he gets nothing.Do you really think they are going to allow him to keep his pension!
ABSOLUTELY YES!!!!....HE WILL RETIRE BEFORE HE IS CONVICTED

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