A West Boynton family says a security surveillance system recorded a law enforcement officer burglarizing a home.
On September 12, just two days after Hurricane Irma passed through, 85-year-old Moe Rosoff was rushed to a local hospital. His family says that 90 minutes later, as Rosoff was dying, video captured Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Cooke as he entered the home and began opening cabinets and drawers.
The video appears to show Cooke searching, using a flashlight, and pocketing at least two containers from the kitchen island.
Rosoff’s family was further grieved as they discovered the video of Cooke going through the West Boynton home. They submitted the surveillance to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Cooke was arrested on charges of grand theft of prescription medications during an emergency and armed burglary.
Deputy Cooke was placed on paid administrative leave.
According to the arrest report, when Cooke was confronted with the family’s video, he admitted he entered the home by using the garage code contained in the dispatch log from the initial visit by other deputies when Moe Rosoff suffered a medical emergency.
The document also says Cooke admitted to taking pills containing the pain reliever Tramadol.
Investigators confirmed that other medications were recovered from Cooke’s patrol vehicle.
The family of Moe Rosoff made a statement which included expressing their outrage and disgust at the deputy’s actions and pointed out the fact that Cooke is still on the County’s payroll. *UPDATE: Cooke has reportedly resigned from the Sheriff’s office.
“In our opinion, had we not had this video, this cop would still be out there posing a threat of danger to the community he swore to protect and committing more crimes.”
The statement continues to say that if Cooke was on duty and under the influence of the medications, he may have posed a threat to public safety.
In a later interview, a legal representative for Cooke said his client has been in treatment for the past three weeks for an opioid addiction he acquired following a back injury on the job five years ago.