NEW YORK --- Shawn Jenkins, an NYPD officer, was arrested early May 19
in Manhattan on charges of conspiring and attempting to rob an apartment in
upper Manhattan to obtain approximately $900,000 that a former occupant of the
apartment, a drug dealer who had been arrested and deported, had left behind.
As alleged in the Complaint
unsealed on May 13, 2009 in Manhattan federal court: During the course of
several telephone calls and meetings between May 5 and May 12, 2009, Jenkins, an
NYPD police officer in Manhattan, discussed with a confidential informant ("CI") robbing an apartment
located on Broadway in upper Manhattan. Jenkins told the CI that a drug dealer,
for whom he used to work as a bodyguard, used to live in the apartment and store
Jenkins further told the CI that the drug dealer had been arrested
and deported, and had asked Jenkins to retrieve approximately $900,000 hidden
under the floor in a closet in the apartment, where someone else now lived. At a
meeting on May 7, 2009, Jenkins and the CI agreed that the CI would pose as a
law enforcement officer, knock on the apartment door, serve an official document
on the current occupant to gain entry, and then use a stun gun to immobilize the
occupant. Jenkins and the CI discussed wearing disguises, including possibly
raid jackets or other police clothing, and using handcuffs to secure the
occupant. Jenkins also provided the CI with an official NYPD document to use to
gain entry into the apartment. On May 12, 2009, Jenkins called the CI and told
him he wanted to rob the apartment that night.
According to the current
occupant of the apartment, there have been several attempted burglaries of the
apartment since April 2008. During a burglary around July 2008, while the
current occupant was on vacation, the floorboards of a closet in the apartment
were ripped up.
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Jenkins, 41, of Manhattan, was charged with one count of
conspiracy to commit a robbery affecting interstate commerce and one count of
attempt to commit a robbery affecting interstate commerce. If convicted, Jenkins
faces a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison and a fine of the greater of
$250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, on each charge.