Yaphank - (WALK) A Smithtown man who claimed he was beaten by a high-ranking Suffolk police officials while in custody faces up to three years in prison after accepting a plea-bargain and admitting he stole the officer's gun belt and ammunition.
Christopher Loeb, 27, an admitted heroin addict, admitted taking a duffel bag from a vehicle used by SCPD Chief James Burke, the department's highest-ranking uniformed officer. The bag contained Burke's gun belt and high-capacity ammunition magazines, according to prosecutors.
Loeb pleaded guilty to third-degree possession of a weapon Friday, and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 26. Along with prison time, Loeb will undergo mandatory drug rehabilitation therapy. Loeb had faced charges of grand larceny and probation violation and a possible sentence of up to 14 years in a federal prison.
Loeb had claimed Burke confronted him at his home, and had roughed him up while in police custody. Federal agents recently closed their investigation into Burke's alleged actions.