NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Police Department arrested a Brooklyn man in connection with a series of seven armed robberies of pharmacies.
The suspect, Salvatore DellaCave, was taken into police custody at a car stop on Tuesday. Police said the arrest happened “without incident.”
The robberies took place in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn between March 3 and May 13. Powerful painkillers, including Oxycontin, were stolen.
DellaCave, police said, retired as an NYPD detective in 2008 on a disability pension because a serious injury sustained in a struggle to apprehend a robbery suspect who fled to a rooftop in September 2007.
A police supervisor said DellaCave was in considerable agonizing pain because his shoulder separated during that chase.
DellaCave allegedly stole money in only two of the robberies.
Detectives were investigating if he had become dependent on painkillers since his retirement.
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