A Miami cop, already under investigation for two fatal police shootings over the summer, was arrested on Thursday for receipt and possession of stolen goods. Ricardo Martinez, 40, faces 10 years in prison if convicted on the charge.
Martinez is a 12-year veteran of the force. A Miami police spokeswoman, Kenia Reyes, said that Martinez was suspended with pay while the investigation is pending.
Officials say that Martinez stole the headsets off a truck that was transporting the merchandise from Chicago to Miami. The company handling the shipment is owned by Martinez’s wife.
Martinez had teamed up with a man who at one time was incarcerated at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, where Martinez formerly worked. FBI agents approached the man on Wednesday, and he agreed to be a confidential source. While agents met with the man, Martinez called several times discussing possible buyers for the merchandise.
The man told agents he had “an agreement with a MPD officer to steal a shipment of 10,000 Bluetooth headsets” and that they planned to sell them for $10 each. Martinez was planning to make about $40,000 on the deal.
On Thursday, the informant and Martinez drove to a house where they loaded the headsets into a vehicle provided by the FBI. Agents on the scene arrested him.