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NYPD sergeant suspended after shoplifting bust at Macy’s in Yonkers

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 in Yonkers. (Obtained by New York Daily News)

An NYPD Housing sergeant was suspended without pay Wednesday after she was arrested for shoplifting from a Macy’s in Westchester, police said.

Sgt. Eva Pena, 37, was off-duty when she was caught trying to make off with more than $350 worth of clothes from the department store at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Yonkers cops said. She was charged with petty larceny and given a desk appearance ticket.

NYPD Sgt. Eva Pena in a Yonkers PD mugshot.
NYPD Sgt. Eva Pena in a Yonkers PD mugshot.

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

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

“She is accused of attempting to leave the store with approximately $359 of unpaid merchandise in her purse,” a spokesman for the Yonkers Police Department said.

Tommy Hilfiger pants, a beaded Guess shirt and a lace Guess dress were among the pilfered designer duds, according to paperwork Macy’s filed with the Westchester County Court.

Pena claimed she was “set up” when interviewed by Yonkers cops, but did not elaborate, court paperwork reveals.

Sgt. Eva Pena and Police commissioner James O'Neill in an undated photograph (Obtained by News)
Sgt. Eva Pena and Police commissioner James O'Neill in an undated photograph (Obtained by News)

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

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

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.