The Boston Police Department recently fired an officer after two strippers allegedly stole his service weapon earlier this year, authorities said.
Emanuel Brandao, 37, was terminated for unsatisfactory conduct during his probationary period, the Boston Globe reported. The department hired Brandao in December 2016.
‘”[H[is conduct during his probationary period was unsatisfactory and rendered him unfit to be a police officer with the Boston police,” Boston Police Sgt. John Boyle said, according to the Globe.
At about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 2, Brandao reported his department-owned .40-caliber Glock 22, stolen from his vehicle at Hampton Inn hotel in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
“While off-duty in Rhode Island, he failed to properly secure his department-issued firearm when he gave his vehicle keys to a civilian and the civilian used those keys to take his firearm,” Boyle said.
Brandao was on paid leave until his firing on March 28.
What are the details?
It all started when Brandao met up with a “Natalia” at the Hampton Inn hotel bar in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He claims he met the woman through a relative on Instagram. Police identified Natalia as Neish Rivera, 26.
The pair went to meet Rivera’s friend, Melissa Dacier, 23, at the Nara Lounge in Providence. Brandao told authorities his weapon was on him at the time.
Later, the trio went to a strip club before returning to the Pawtucket hotel for the night.
Brandao said he locked his service weapon inside the glove box of his BMW before heading into the strip club, according to the Providence Journal.
At the hotel, Brandao gave Dacier his car keys and sent her to his car for his phone charger.
After Dacier didn’t return, Rivera left the hotel room to look for her. Neither of the women returned.
Brandao then went to his car and discovered his glove box was open and his firearm was missing.
Hours later, police arrested Rivera on a warrant for larceny of a firearm and conspiracy, according to the report.
Police also arrested and charged Dacier with larceny of a firearm, conspiracy, and failure to report for a summons in an unrelated incident.
Was the gun recovered?
Rivera led authorities to the missing gun. It was reportedly found wrapped in a Walmart bag inside a mail slot of a fire station in Providence.
A week after the alleged theft, Kyle Benford, 24, was arrested in connection to the crime, according to the Globe. Police also charged him with larceny of a firearm and conspiracy. It’s unclear what role Benford played in the incident.