NYPD detective caught red-handed by FBI and cops breaking into Long Island home and is eyed in other New York City capers
Rafael Astacio charged with second-degree burglary after authorities say he and three others broke into Lindenhurst home and busted trying to steal $2,500 worth jewelry from diner owner
THE FBI is investigating whether an NYPD detective has been moonlighting — as part of a burglary crew.
Rafael (Ray) Astacio was caught red-handed after a break-in at a Long Island home earlier this month, and authorities think he works with a team that pulled off other capers in New York City, sources told the Daily News.
The FBI is also probing whether the 14-year veteran committed any crimes or was involved in corruption during his years as a vice cop and sex-crimes investigator, law enforcement sources said.
For now, Astacio, 39, has only been charged with second-degree burglary. Freed on $2,500 on bail, he was suspended from the NYPD without pay a day after his arrest.
Reached at his home in Copiague, L.I., where a shiny black Mercedes C300 was parked in the recently redone driveway, Astacio hung up without commenting.
He was collared June 3 after he and three accomplices broke into the Lindenhurst home of diner owner Anastasios Matheos, according to court papers.
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