Former police officer working as a Apple store security guard busted for robbing the store

Published On: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 1:35 AM
By: Moses Gold
Apple store in New York City
A former police sergeant in New York hired to guard against theft in a Manhattan Apple store has been arrested for stealing $76,000 worth of iPods and iPhones guarding the high technology store.

Manuel DaSilva, 42, was caught on surveillance cameras smuggling armfuls of equipment through the back door of the Apple store in SoHo to his car, prosecutors said.

DaSilva, who left the NYPD in disgrace after testing positive for steroids, admitted to stealing some of the best selling gadgets on the street.

"I sold all the stuff for about 500 dollars," he told investigators, according to a criminal complaint.
"I kept some of the cash income in my safe and the rest to pay my bills," admitted the muscular Apple security guard.

DaSilva was arrested Tuesday by investigators Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney, of Computer crime.
A search of his house on Staten Island presented police with $12,000 in cash from a safe and an iPhone and an iPod Touch, according to court documents.

DaSilva was caught red handed on security cameras in the store on six separate occasions rummaging through the store cupboard of file storage, police said.

He told investigators he only stole 17 smart devices, but prosecutors say he stole more than 100.
DaSilva was charged Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court with grand theft and released on his own responsibility.

His lawyer declined to comment on the allegations.