Jail deputy fired, arrested in connection with stolen laptop

Jail deputy fired, arrested in connection with stolen laptop

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— An 8-year member of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Monday on accusations that he purchased a stolen laptop from a released inmate.

Cpl. James Brooks, who worked in the Naples Jail Center, faces a felony charge of dealing in stolen property. As of late Monday, Brooks was being questioned by detectives, after which he was expected to be placed in the jail.

Agency spokeswoman Karie Partington said in recent weeks, Brooks approached an inmate and asked him to steal a laptop when he was released. Brooks offered to buy the stolen laptop from the inmate for half of its retail value, she said.

Partington said the inmate notified sheriff’s administrators of Brooks’ offer and was later released from jail. The inmate then worked with investigators until the two met up Monday to make the exchange, she said.

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk subsequently fired Brooks.

“The sheriff has made the decision to withdraw his appointment,” Partington said.

The name of the inmate wasn’t released because he is considered a confidential informant. Partington said she doesn’t know if there had been similar allegations against Brooks in the past or if the laptop Brooks agreed to purchase Monday was actually stolen.

Brooks’ jail mugshot and age weren’t released by sheriff’s officials because of a Florida law that exempts certain personal information of law enforcement personnel from public record.

Brooks faces felony charges of dealing in stolen property, conspiracy to commit grand theft and trafficking in opiates or a derivative, according to agency spokeswoman Jamie Mosbach.

Mosbach said Brooks attempted to trade the inmate pills for the stolen computer.

He will remain in jail overnight until a judge can set bond.

Records show Brooks was reprimanded this summer for allowing inmates on a weekend work program to make purchases from a convenience store. A full employment disciplinary history of Brooks wasn’t available Monday night.

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An 8-year member of the Collier County Sheriff's Office was arrested Monday on accusations that he purchased a stolen laptop from a released inmate.

Cpl. James Brooks, who worked in the Naples Jail Center, faces a felony charge of dealing in stolen property.

Agency spokeswoman Karie Partington said in recent weeks, Brooks approached an inmate and asked him to steal a laptop when he was released. Brooks offered to buy the laptop from the inmate for half of its retail value, she said.

Partington said the inmate notified administrators of Brooks' offer and was later released from jail. The inmate then worked with investigators until the two met up Monday to make the exchange, she said.

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk subsequently fired Brooks.

"The sheriff has made the decision to withdraw his appointment," Partington said.

The name of the inmate was not released because he is considered a confidential informant. Partington said she did not know if there had been similar allegations against Brooks in the past.

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Comments » 8

zurich writes:

It amazes me that people with a good paying job can be so s----- and jeopardize that job .The big question . Was he put in jail for dealing in stolen property like any other citizen ?

Davidh239 writes:

in response to zurich:

It amazes me that people with a good paying job can be so s----- and jeopardize that job .The big question . Was he put in jail for dealing in stolen property like any other citizen ?

Even when they screw up , they are afforded special "considerations". To answer your question, probably not , given release on personal recognizance and no mug shot will ever appear. Just my opinion but we've seen it countless times.

gwterry1 writes:

I am sure he wasn't treated like any other citizen. I wonder how many other illegal things this guy did. He definitely is a crook, and not a very smart one.

kfv6214 writes:

in response to gwterry1:

I am sure he wasn't treated like any other citizen. I wonder how many other illegal things this guy did. He definitely is a crook, and not a very smart one.

To say the least. And this guy doesn't even scratch the surface. He's just the one who got CAUGHT. How do anyone honestly believe that drugs get smuggled into that place? Thru the bulletproof visitors glass?

jbm9 writes:

business as usual in collier county. I don't think anyone is really surprised.

bill#270685 writes:

Crooked cops, do they come any other way? Like I said before if I were just a little dumber I could have joined the force myself.

wentfishn writes:

in response to bill#270685:

Crooked cops, do they come any other way? Like I said before if I were just a little dumber I could have joined the force myself.

Well, you sure sound dumb.

zurich writes:

The most hilarious part is this deputy trusting an inmate to keep a secret ,after working with inmates for the past eight years .He has got to have a screw loose ,and would make a great thesis study for an up coming psychiatric student .

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