Fifty-seven-year-old Kenneth Crockett said nothing before a judge sentenced him Thursday to five years of probation and a $5,000 fine in the theft from Pat's Cafe in northeast Philadelphia.
The bar is considered sacred ground by police because it's where Officer Gary Skerski was shot dead during a 2006 armed robbery.
Crockett was charged with theft after authorities said a surveillance video showed him take money from a bar safe in July 2010, when officers were investigating a possible break-in.
The 27-year veteran of the police force was fired and lost his pension.
Crockett maintained he was innocent.