Ex-Philly cop gets probation, fine for theft

Pictured: Kenneth Crockett

February 2, 2012 1:44:46 PM PST
A longtime Philadelphia police officer convicted of stealing $825 from a bar where an officer was slain four years earlier has been sentenced to probation.

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.