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Cops Now Stealing Your Stuff to ‘Protect You’ from People Who Might Steal Your Stuff

New Haven, CT — In a ridiculous move, ostensibly designed to protect citizens from theft, the New Haven police department has begun stealing things from innocent individuals.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The New Haven police department announced its plans this week to start stealing things from unsuspecting residents who leave their doors unlocked. If you are missing your valuables, it may not have been taken by a private thief, it could have been stolen by a public thief.

According to Lt. Herbert Sharp of the NHPD, police are now taking private property from unlocked cars and bringing it to the station. This, of course, is done so to “deter theft.”

Sharp assures the public that when his officers are opening the door to your property and removing your belongings, with no search warrant and no probable cause, that this is 100 percent legal. “It’s called a caretaker,” explains Sharp.

“When it comes to a car, if there is something in plain view that is of value, and the car is unlocked, law enforcement can go into the car and retrieve that item and take it into the property (room) and place it where it is safe,” Sharp told residents at the most recent meeting of the East Rock Management Team.

Sharp, whose intentions are no doubt ‘noble’ in purpose, says that this theft to prevent theft will do two things. “The bad guy is not going to break into the car and be able to take that item. It inconveniences the person to come down and pick up the property,” he said.

Sharp says this inconvenience is a ‘tough love’ approach to teach people a lesson by causing them undue stress in provisionally stealing their stuff. “Maybe next time they won’t leave their stuff in plain view,” Sharp said.

The New Haven Register reports,

Kevin McCarthy, a former chair of the management team, suggested a hypothetical where someone leaves a prescription in a bag in the car and then comes out to find it is gone.

Sharp said if a thief takes them, the victim can get a new prescription, but that medicine, depending on what it is, can quickly be sold on the street.

So because there is a chance that a thief may steal someone’s life-saving prescription medication, it is okay for cops to steal someone’s life-saving prescription medication. Seems legit. Hopefully, it’s not an asthmatic’s inhaler or an allergic child’s epinephrine injection.

“Not to sound harsh, but if you are a dumb (person) … and leave your computer in the car, you deserve to have it stolen. Don’t you guys have more important things to do?” a rational resident asked Sharp during a town meeting.

If the police were truly concerned with theft, they would stop stealing from their citizens by ending citations for victimless crimes like seat belt violations or window tint. However, despite lacking any evidence that police stealing the private property of individuals will deter crime, Sharp has begun the program – much to the chagrin of local residents.

How about I take the stuff that’s valuable out of the cops unlocked car and leave’m a note that says pick it up at my house ?? I wonder how that would play out ??? Just wondering ??? -says Facebook user Jim.

Cops can’t go inside cars regardless if your valuables are in plain sight. Since valuables isn’t illegal they would still need permission to search your car or open it. Having a cop take your valuables and making you go all the way to the station is no diffrent than a criminal doing it. -says Facebook user Will.

If someone leaves the car door unlocked and something “booby trapped” in the car (for example, an armed rat trap inside a purse) and a cop gets his hand in the trap — then what happens? Or if they take a purse from a car and a baggie of pot falls out? -points out Facebook user Deborah

What if an officer opens a door and smells a little marijuana? What do you think they would do then, shut the door and move on? What if the person has an expired inspection sticker? What if the person has bumper stickers that disagree with the officer’s personal beliefs?

The ‘what if’ scenarios of police stealing your items to protect you from thieves stealing your items are limitless.

If the history of police wasn’t rife with theft and a constantly expanding myriad of techniques to separate the citizen from their money, one may actually think that the New Haven police are actually doing some decent community outreach. Unfortunately, police departments nationwide have less than perfect track records when it comes to actually looking out for the wellbeing of the individual.

This theft to prevent theft system will most likely morph into one of the many novel ways police will violate our 4th Amendment rights in an attempt to collect more revenue.

Sound off in the comments to let us know how you feel about this ridiculous practice.

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  • Can’t have people just trusting one another and leaving their stuff unprotected.

  • Can’t have people just trusting one another and leaving their stuff unprotected.

  • Can’t have people just trusting one another and leaving their stuff unprotected.

  • Good way to get shot from the front door.

  • Good way to get shot from the front door.

  • Good way to get shot from the front door.

  • that looks like police doing what they do all the time but are now admitting to it but calling it a different thing!!

  • that looks like police doing what they do all the time but are now admitting to it but calling it a different thing!!

  • that looks like police doing what they do all the time but are now admitting to it but calling it a different thing!!

  • Lol what?!

  • Lol what?!

  • Lol what?!

  • Oh yes, nothing says security better than, here let me “safeguard” your things.

  • Oh yes, nothing says security better than, here let me “safeguard” your things.

  • Oh yes, nothing says security better than, here let me “safeguard” your things.

  • I feel a booby trap is in order. Enter,,,, the clock boy…

  • I feel a booby trap is in order. Enter,,,, the clock boy…

  • I feel a booby trap is in order. Enter,,,, the clock boy…

  • Go right ahead officer, break into someone’s car, but don’t get all Butt Hurt because the car owner came running out with a shotgun and shot at your dumb ass!

  • Go right ahead officer, break into someone’s car, but don’t get all Butt Hurt because the car owner came running out with a shotgun and shot at your dumb ass!

  • Go right ahead officer, break into someone’s car, but don’t get all Butt Hurt because the car owner came running out with a shotgun and shot at your dumb ass!

  • Lol! Ridiculous!

  • Lol! Ridiculous!

  • Lol! Ridiculous!

  • David Osborne

  • David Osborne

  • David Osborne

  • Step 1) safeguard
    Step 2) keep
    Step 3) profit

  • Step 1) safeguard
    Step 2) keep
    Step 3) profit

  • Step 1) safeguard
    Step 2) keep
    Step 3) profit

  • Just shoot them. It’s tough love to just shoot them before they do more harm. There is nothing uglier on the face of the earth than a police officer.

  • Just shoot them. It’s tough love to just shoot them before they do more harm. There is nothing uglier on the face of the earth than a police officer.

  • Just shoot them. It’s tough love to just shoot them before they do more harm. There is nothing uglier on the face of the earth than a police officer.

  • stupid

  • stupid

  • stupid

  • Wrap your garbage in gift boxes and let the police dispose of it for you!

  • Wrap your garbage in gift boxes and let the police dispose of it for you!

  • Wrap your garbage in gift boxes and let the police dispose of it for you!

  • The thing about criminals is they always have and always will do as they please

  • The thing about criminals is they always have and always will do as they please

  • The thing about criminals is they always have and always will do as they please

  • Somebodys gotta do it

  • Somebodys gotta do it

  • Somebodys gotta do it

  • So what is wrong with them popping the locks down to secure your car and leaving a note to say ‘You left your car unlocked!’?

  • So what is wrong with them popping the locks down to secure your car and leaving a note to say ‘You left your car unlocked!’?

  • So what is wrong with them popping the locks down to secure your car and leaving a note to say ‘You left your car unlocked!’?

  • Illegal entry. Theft. Impersonating a police officer. Be a shame if their fingers got slammed in the door. And for public safety reasons, the criminal would need to be disarmed.

  • Illegal entry. Theft. Impersonating a police officer. Be a shame if their fingers got slammed in the door. And for public safety reasons, the criminal would need to be disarmed.

  • Illegal entry. Theft. Impersonating a police officer. Be a shame if their fingers got slammed in the door. And for public safety reasons, the criminal would need to be disarmed.

  • How about a laptop bag filled with human shit, or an old, broken ipad but put boogers on it

  • How about a laptop bag filled with human shit, or an old, broken ipad but put boogers on it

  • How about a laptop bag filled with human shit, or an old, broken ipad but put boogers on it

  • one of the most stupid police ideas…

  • one of the most stupid police ideas…

  • one of the most stupid police ideas…

  • Yea this is totally fucked. New Havens finest

  • Yea this is totally fucked. New Havens finest

  • Yea this is totally fucked. New Havens finest

  • cops have become irrelevant to the civilians that pay their paychecks…

  • cops have become irrelevant to the civilians that pay their paychecks…

  • cops have become irrelevant to the civilians that pay their paychecks…

  • So, if I get a badge. I can steal stuff. Nice…

  • So, if I get a badge. I can steal stuff. Nice…

  • So, if I get a badge. I can steal stuff. Nice…

  • I am bot 6 year old in need of a lesson or a life lesson from another grown up. Life is tough enough as it is once you are all grown up. It is just a way to justify them stealing your atuff. Not cool not right and very shameful to the cops who do this. Not all cops are like that. But it paint amd adds to the larger picture of them taking their power out of control

  • I am bot 6 year old in need of a lesson or a life lesson from another grown up. Life is tough enough as it is once you are all grown up. It is just a way to justify them stealing your atuff. Not cool not right and very shameful to the cops who do this. Not all cops are like that. But it paint amd adds to the larger picture of them taking their power out of control

  • I am bot 6 year old in need of a lesson or a life lesson from another grown up. Life is tough enough as it is once you are all grown up. It is just a way to justify them stealing your atuff. Not cool not right and very shameful to the cops who do this. Not all cops are like that. But it paint amd adds to the larger picture of them taking their power out of control

  • This is just a reason for them to search your car without you there. But hey, if you leave your car unlocked, you deserve what you get right?

    • Not from public servants who are paid with tax dollars.

  • This is just a reason for them to search your car without you there. But hey, if you leave your car unlocked, you deserve what you get right?

    • Not from public servants who are paid with tax dollars.

  • This is just a reason for them to search your car without you there. But hey, if you leave your car unlocked, you deserve what you get right?

    • Not from public servants who are paid with tax dollars.

  • I wonder, does a thief in uniform get the same treatment as a private thief when caught in a private dwelling? If so they can receive a high speed thank you in Florida. Get caught in someone home in the sunshine state rounds can and will receive high speed lead. It is so common now, we don’t even report it on tv hardly anymore.

  • I wonder, does a thief in uniform get the same treatment as a private thief when caught in a private dwelling? If so they can receive a high speed thank you in Florida. Get caught in someone home in the sunshine state rounds can and will receive high speed lead. It is so common now, we don’t even report it on tv hardly anymore.

  • I wonder, does a thief in uniform get the same treatment as a private thief when caught in a private dwelling? If so they can receive a high speed thank you in Florida. Get caught in someone home in the sunshine state rounds can and will receive high speed lead. It is so common now, we don’t even report it on tv hardly anymore.

  • #ThatsABunchOfBull

  • #ThatsABunchOfBull

  • #ThatsABunchOfBull

  • They already stealing from you…only difference now is, their admitting to it. The people in that town need to stand up and say no. The more you give, the more they are going to take. Enough, is enough.

  • They already stealing from you…only difference now is, their admitting to it. The people in that town need to stand up and say no. The more you give, the more they are going to take. Enough, is enough.

  • They already stealing from you…only difference now is, their admitting to it. The people in that town need to stand up and say no. The more you give, the more they are going to take. Enough, is enough.

  • Hypocrite much

  • Hypocrite much

  • Hypocrite much

  • shoot em

  • shoot em

  • shoot em

  • Lets hope they dont apply the same strategy to rape. Then the cops could do what criminals do but legally. And the number of rapes would drop, as the cops are doing it legally? Sounds fucked enough, they may try?

  • Lets hope they dont apply the same strategy to rape. Then the cops could do what criminals do but legally. And the number of rapes would drop, as the cops are doing it legally? Sounds fucked enough, they may try?

  • Lets hope they dont apply the same strategy to rape. Then the cops could do what criminals do but legally. And the number of rapes would drop, as the cops are doing it legally? Sounds fucked enough, they may try?

  • What lesson would that be…that our private property is no longer private? If burglars are breaking the Law so are the cops! Police Policy is not Law and they cant just make a Law. Your dealing with a 4th Amendment Violation. And they arent allowed to Violate any Constitutional Right to teach anyone a lesson! Especially for something as pathetic as this…go solve a crime!

  • What lesson would that be…that our private property is no longer private? If burglars are breaking the Law so are the cops! Police Policy is not Law and they cant just make a Law. Your dealing with a 4th Amendment Violation. And they arent allowed to Violate any Constitutional Right to teach anyone a lesson! Especially for something as pathetic as this…go solve a crime!

  • What lesson would that be…that our private property is no longer private? If burglars are breaking the Law so are the cops! Police Policy is not Law and they cant just make a Law. Your dealing with a 4th Amendment Violation. And they arent allowed to Violate any Constitutional Right to teach anyone a lesson! Especially for something as pathetic as this…go solve a crime!

  • WE HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO FORGET WHO THEY WORK FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WE HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO FORGET WHO THEY WORK FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WE HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO FORGET WHO THEY WORK FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Only in america!lol

  • Only in america!lol

  • Only in america!lol

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  • .

  • .

  • Has the Fourth been removed?

  • Has the Fourth been removed?

  • Has the Fourth been removed?

  • Shauna Leavitt

  • Shauna Leavitt

  • Shauna Leavitt

  • Good cop, bad cop, good people, bad people, if are taking my stuff without my permission you are a fucking thief!!!

  • Good cop, bad cop, good people, bad people, if are taking my stuff without my permission you are a fucking thief!!!

  • Good cop, bad cop, good people, bad people, if are taking my stuff without my permission you are a fucking thief!!!

  • The New Haven police department has gone completely insane! This is the most obtuse abuse of authority I have ever heard of.

  • The New Haven police department has gone completely insane! This is the most obtuse abuse of authority I have ever heard of.

  • The New Haven police department has gone completely insane! This is the most obtuse abuse of authority I have ever heard of.

  • 4th Amendment violation.

  • 4th Amendment violation.

  • 4th Amendment violation.

  • sue these mother fuckers

  • sue these mother fuckers

  • sue these mother fuckers

  • Support your troops? Hang, cops and politicians.

  • Support your troops? Hang, cops and politicians.

  • Support your troops? Hang, cops and politicians.

  • Break and enter is break and enter.

    Abuse of power.

  • Break and enter is break and enter.

    Abuse of power.

  • Break and enter is break and enter.

    Abuse of power.

  • Stupid

  • Stupid

  • Stupid

  • If this is the case, these Cops are liars . . . . . Famous last words of a bully: “But, I was just funning” [kidding] . . . . The Free Thought Project.com . . . . ps . . . the story can’t be sourced . . . link doesn’t work . . .

  • If this is the case, these Cops are liars . . . . . Famous last words of a bully: “But, I was just funning” [kidding] . . . . The Free Thought Project.com . . . . ps . . . the story can’t be sourced . . . link doesn’t work . . .

  • If this is the case, these Cops are liars . . . . . Famous last words of a bully: “But, I was just funning” [kidding] . . . . The Free Thought Project.com . . . . ps . . . the story can’t be sourced . . . link doesn’t work . . .

  • This needs to be challenged in court ASAP! Is today April 1st?

  • This needs to be challenged in court ASAP! Is today April 1st?

  • This needs to be challenged in court ASAP! Is today April 1st?

  • Isn’t that a federal offence? As if they care though.

  • Isn’t that a federal offence? As if they care though.

  • Isn’t that a federal offence? As if they care though.

  • This is dumb, come to Texas and let me see you breaking into my car. Me and my .40 won’t agree with you.

  • This is dumb, come to Texas and let me see you breaking into my car. Me and my .40 won’t agree with you.

  • This is dumb, come to Texas and let me see you breaking into my car. Me and my .40 won’t agree with you.

  • Some of you need better sources of news, while i don’t agree with the tactic, all they are doing is pulling handles and leaving notes inside the car. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s no crime there. Another story and another horrible job reporting the facts by freethought

  • Some of you need better sources of news, while i don’t agree with the tactic, all they are doing is pulling handles and leaving notes inside the car. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s no crime there. Another story and another horrible job reporting the facts by freethought

  • Some of you need better sources of news, while i don’t agree with the tactic, all they are doing is pulling handles and leaving notes inside the car. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s no crime there. Another story and another horrible job reporting the facts by freethought

  • Theft is Theft even if its done by a cop. this will only create more crime.

  • Theft is Theft even if its done by a cop. this will only create more crime.

  • Theft is Theft even if its done by a cop. this will only create more crime.

  • It’s not their job to ‘teach us a lesson.’ time to cut off federal funding for local cops.

  • It’s not their job to ‘teach us a lesson.’ time to cut off federal funding for local cops.

  • It’s not their job to ‘teach us a lesson.’ time to cut off federal funding for local cops.

  • This is why cops get shot. Doing stupid shit like this.

  • This is why cops get shot. Doing stupid shit like this.

  • can you claim from your insurance for the theft

  • DougN

    I see this article is now 6 months old. I’m curious to know what has happened in the six months since the program began.

    The article doesn’t say if the police leave a note in the car or not, so I don’t know how someone would know to go to the police station. If I felt I’d been robbed, I’d call the police, but would the person on the line know that it was the police who had robbed me? Or, would they file a police report and begin an investigation?

    Also, if they are doing this to warn citizens, why not just leave a note on the driver’s seat that says, “Hey, you left your car unlocked and a thief could have taken your goods”? If I found such a note inside my car, I’d find that a disturbing enough wake up call.
    Why don’t they just lock the door for them without taking anything? This is a bewildering policy…

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