Retired SFPD officer pleads no match for San Mateo drug retailer theft

SAN MATO – A retired sergeant with the San Francisco Police Division on Monday pleaded no contest to robbing a San Mateo drugstore final 12 months for painkillers.

Devin Lyle Cole, 56, of San Mateo pleaded no contest to 2 counts of second-degree theft, based on the San Mateo County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

Prosecutors mentioned on November 3, 2021, Cole walked right into a RideAid pharmacy on Concar Drive and handed a notice to a pharmacy tech. Cole’s notice acknowledged that he had a gun, not one to sound the alarm, and known as for drugs for the extremely addictive ache reliever Norco.

Devin Cole of the San Francisco Police Division in Sgt. 2017. Devin mentioned he has since retired.

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Pharmacy Tech went to a few different staff and informed them in regards to the theft. Prosecutors mentioned the tech’s supervisor known as 911.

In the meantime, a pharmacist went to Cole and informed him he would get what he wished. Cole grew to become upset and wished to know in the event that they have been calling the police.

Prosecutors mentioned the victims gave Cole 11 bottles of Norco value about $920. Cole didn’t present any weapon in the course of the incident, which was captured on surveillance video.

After the incident, a San Mateo police officer retaliated by seeing Cole carrying a bag of medication. Prosecutors mentioned he ignored the officer’s order to cease and fled.

Cole was arrested after the officer warned {that a} stun gun could be used on him.

Officers mentioned a search discovered a small, unregistered handcuff round his waist. Bullets and loot notes have been additionally discovered close by.

Cole additionally informed officers that he had been hooked on painkillers for a decade.

In accordance with his LinkedIn web page, Cole served within the SFPD for practically three a long time till retiring earlier this 12 months. He had additionally served as a deputy within the San Francisco Sheriff’s Workplace.

A spokesman for the SFPD informed KPIX 5 that he has not been with the division since November 4, 2021.

Prosecutors mentioned Cole could be sentenced on November 14.

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