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Bronx cop pleads not guilty to Yonkers shoplifting charge

2019-09-06

Sgt. Eva Pena, 37, was arrested in Yonkers on Tuesday after she was caught trying to make off with about $400 in items from the department store on Park Ave. in Yonkers. (Obtained by New York Daily News)

An NYPD sergeant accused of shoplifting clothes from a Yonkers department store pleaded not guilty in court Friday.

Sgt. Eva Pena, 37, made a brief appearance in Yonkers city court, where she was charged with stealing hundreds of dollars worth of clothes from Macy’s store at the Cross County Shopping Center.

Cops in Yonkers said Pena came in the store shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday and took items including a pair of Tommy Hilfiger pants, a Guiess beaded top and a Guess Lace Dress and concealed them in her personal bag and left the store.

Store security grabbed her before she left and found the stolen swag in her bag, authorities said.

The store estimated that the items were worth about $350.

Eva Pena is pictured in a Yonkers mugshot.
Eva Pena is pictured in a Yonkers mugshot.

Pena allegedly took the price tags off six pieces of clothing and stuffed the items in her purse, officials said.

According to court papers, she told store staff and Yonkers cops that she did not steal anything, and that she had been “set up.”

Pena was off duty at the time.

She was immediately suspended without pay after her bust, according to the NYPD. She earned $107,809 last year.

Pena joined the NYPD in 2005 and is assigned to Public Service Area 7 in the Bronx.

She was released without having to post bail on Friday and is due back in court Sept. 25.

In 2017, Pena was lauded on Twitter for giving a Bronx teen cab fare to make it to a basketball game on the other side of the borough.

“This young man needed to get to his game on the other side of the BX, so Sgt Pena paid his cab fare to get there on time. #ActOfKindness,” PSA 7's then commanding officer Inspector Jerry O’Sullivan tweeted.