A Queens jury now has the case of a man charged with stealing police weapons from under the nose of the NYPD. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Jeff Chabrowe, the defense attorney for alleged police gun thief Ronald De Shields told jurors during closing arguments there's a NYPD cover up in the case.
He's trying to get the jury to find his client not guilty of stealing two guns from locked lockers inside the 103rd Precinct in Queens last year.
"There is no way, based on the facts of this case, that there wasn't police involved in the theft of the gun," Chabrowe said.
De Shields said he told investigators a sergeant gave him the guns but Queens prosecutors say he's just trying to shift the blame.
The police department said it found no officers were involved with the thefts from the 103rd Precinct after an investigation.
De Shields took cell phone video of himself turning in one of the guns to the 90th Precinct in Brooklyn the day after the alleged theft.
In an exclusive jailhouse interview, he told me he just wanted to get the gun off the street.
During their summations, Queens prosecutors told jurors De Shields had a history of impersonating law enforcement officers and was familiar with the 103rd Precinct because he was an auxiliary officer there 20 years ago.
Assistant District Attorney Michelle Court said De Shields took the guns and even turned himself in because he was fascinated with police.
"He enjoys the attention," Court said. "This was his time to shine."
The jury now has to decide if De Shields stole police weapons just to get attention or was just trying to get one off the street.
The second police gun has never been found.