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Florida deputy resigns after he’s busted for committing despicable act in deceased man’s home

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When the family of 85-year-old Moe Rosoff asked authorities on September 12 to perform a welfare check on their father, who was injured during a Hurricane Irma blackout and died soon after, the last thing they expected was for someone they should have trusted the most to betray them in the worst possible way.

But that’s exactly what happened when Palm Beach Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Cooke later ransacked the house, stealing money, medication, and jewelry after learning how to enter the home through police communications.

Palm Beach Sheriff’s Dept.

Thankfully, the rogue law enforcement officer was caught red-handed, thanks to a home surveillance video that switched on when he entered the house. Cooke was arrested last September, spent 30 days in a drug rehabilitation facility, and as of Wednesday has officially resigned from the police department after previously being on paid administrative leave.

During the welfare check, three deputies brought Rossoff to the hospital after finding him lying on the floor of his home. The 85-year-old later died, but not long after surveillance video caught Cook skulking around Rosoff’s house before he eventually went inside to ransack it.

After the family turned the video over to police on September 20, Cook admitted to the crime and was allowed to enter drug rehab, which cause some controversy with the family because they believe he was receiving special treatment.

“In our opinion, had we not had this video, this cop would still be out there posing a threat of danger to the community he swore to protect and committing more crimes,” said a statement from the family. “It is our hope that the justice system treats this cop like any other criminal out there and that he doesn’t receive further preferential treatment because he is a police officer.”

The sheriff’s office responded by saying, “Unfortunately sometimes an employee makes a bad decision which leads to misconduct.”

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Scott Morefield


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