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Judge: NY police chief must testify in theft probe

October 31, 2013
Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York judge says the Suffolk County police chief must testify in a pretrial hearing for a man charged with stealing the officer's gun belt.

State Supreme Court Justice Martin Efman denied an attempt Thursday to quash a subpoena calling Chief James Burke to the stand.

A hearing is set for Nov. 8.

Burke is under investigation by federal authorities following allegations that he confronted suspect Christopher Loeb inside a precinct house interview room after his arrest.

He has denied wrongdoing.

Newsday ( ) reports that Loeb has told family members Burke punched him.

Loeb is charged with stealing items from numerous cars in the St. James area.

The allegedly stolen items included Burke's duffel bag, which contained his gun belt.


Information from: Newsday,



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