DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — An NYPD recruit has been suspended after she stole a fellow trainee’s credit card and made more than $3,000 in purchases, police and prosecutors said.
Josanne Hernandez, 27, was at the Police Academy in College Point, Queens, on Oct. 14 when she stole a fellow recruit’s American Express card from her purse, a criminal complaint said.
The next day around 3 p.m., Hernandez charged $38.98 to the card at a Walgreens at 1032 Gates Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the complaint said.
Later that day, Hernandez made an online purchase from Bloomingdale's totaling $1,088.79, police said.
Hernandez used the card several times again on Oct. 16, including three separate purchases totaling $57.07 at the Target on Flatbush Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, $1,783.30 from Nordstrom.com and $484.50 from the clothing website Missguided.com, the NYPD said.
In total, Hernandez charged $3,452.64 to the stolen card, police said.
The victim was able to identify Hernandez on surveillance footage from Walgreens and Target, and said she was at the Police Academy the day the card was stolen, the complaint said.
Hernandez was charged with grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. She was released without bail at her arraignment and was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Hernandez has been suspended from the Police Academy without pay, police said.