LBPD arrests an Officer for Grand Theft
2010-08-09 · By Editor
On Thursday, the Long Beach Police Department arrested Officer Damian Ramos, 32, for grand theft of weapons.
“Upon learning of the potential misconduct by one of our own, we took swift action to ensure that the investigation was handled thoroughly, and I am confident that these were the actions of a single officer,” Chief Jim McDonnell said in a statement released on Friday. “It is our responsibility to ensure the public’s trust within our Police Department, and anyone who compromises the integrity of this organization will be dealt with immediately.”
Ramos, a five-year employee with the department, handled a found property call at a Long Beach business. The business turned over numerous weapons to Ramos; however, the department discovered that not all of the weapons had been placed into evidence. Detectives following up on this confiscation of weapons determined that the number turned in by the business did not correspond with the number placed into evidence by Ramos.
Upon learning this, an immediate and thorough investigation was launched by our department. Significant resources were devoted to this case to determine the whereabouts of the missing firearms. As the investigation progressed, Ramos became the focus, which led to the service of multiple search warrants and the arrest of Ramos. Detectives have recovered evidence connecting Ramos to this crime, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Ramos was booked for grand theft of firearms and is being held on $1,000,000 bail. He is currently being held at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Justice Integrity Division will be presented with this case and will handle the prosecution. Ramos has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.