From: New York Daily News
A veteran detective was fired Tuesday after pleading guilty to ripping off cigarette smugglers in a string of armed robberies in the Bronx and Manhattan, police said.
Kyron Collins, 39, faces five to six years in prison when he is sentenced April 2.
He pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to one count of the indictment, which charged him with a robbery that took place at a residence on Walton Ave. in the Bronx last July 26, prosecutors said.
Collins said in court that he was wearing a police raid jacket and carrying his police service weapon when he committed the crime.
He joined the NYPD in 1995 and was assigned to the 52nd Precinct in the Bronx. He was suspended after his arrest last August.
Prosecutors said that during the July 26 robbery Collins knocked on the door and displayed what appeared to be a silver police shield and a piece of paper while stating he had a search warrant.
They said he searched the residence and took $7,000 in cash he found under a mattress, as well as a large quantity of cigarettes.
Prosecutors said Collins was caught on a nearby surveillance camera, walking toward the home with a jacket under his arm and a holster on his waist that appeared to contain a weapon.