The tragedies keep coming after the three out-sized hurricanes ripped through Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. It was not enough that many lost their homes, their livelihoods, and any physical reminder of their memories. A person with no conscience committed a crime against an elderly man as he lay dying in a hospital from his hurricane injuries.
Moe Rosoff, 85, stood to watch in his long-time home as Hurricane Irma pounded the area and killed off his electricity. After the hurricane passed, sheriff deputies found him where he had collapsed on the floor with life-threatening injuries sustained during the storm.
The man’s son had installed a surveillance system so that they could keep an eye on him after his wife died in June. The paramedics raced the elderly man to the hospital.
A mere hour and a half afterward, someone stole Rosoff’s garage code from the sheriff’s dispatch log and broke into his unguarded home. During the same period, Rosoff passed away.
Fortunately, the man’s son had installed a surveillance system that was linked directly to his son’s. They could see the intruder and called the sheriff’s office to report the burglary. Much to their surprise, the criminal was Deputy Jason Cooke. The sheriff’s department captured the deputy and arrested him.
Afterward, the man’s son, Jay Rosoff commented, according to the Sun Sentinel:
‘When I first saw the video, I was thinking it was a cop sent to the house to check on medication. After looking at it again, he was going through stuff he shouldn’t have gone through.’
Jay Rosoff said the situation was all about “bad reasons.” The Sun Sentinel reported:
‘It’s appalling that this officer was taking advantage of elderly people. The fact that there was a hurricane, that Florida was in a state of emergency and he was using his authority for bad reasons.’
After the burglary, Jay Rosoff said he and his brother Steven discovered that the dead man’s cash and jewelry were missing:
‘We’re assuming he took it as well. I didn’t have a camera in the master bedroom, but he was in there for a minute, going through drawers.’
Investigators seized Coke’s patrol car and discovered he had 60 pills, including narcotic painkillers, muscle relaxers, and other prescribed medications.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that said:
‘(The department) holds its employees to the highest standards and never forgets about its duty to preserve the public’s trust. Unfortunately sometimes an employee makes a bad decision, which leads to misconduct. This misconduct was reported, investigated and subsequently determined to be criminal in nature, resulting in the charges.’
The department charged Cooke with armed burglary and grand theft and placed him on administrative leave. He is being held in the county jail on a $28,000 bond. When he appeared in court, the judge ordered Cooke to continue substance abuse treatment.
The deputy’s attorney, Stuart Kaplan, said that this was an unfortunate situation:
‘Hopefully with proper guidance and counseling, he’ll be able to come out on the better side of this.’
Featured Image via Gainesville TV News.