NYPD detective arrested for shoplifting at Long Island Home Depot


An NYPD detective serving in Commissioner Edward Caban’s office was arrested Saturday for shoplifting at a Home Depot on Long Island, officials said.

Detective Specialist Cristina Cancel, 54, allegedly snatched $160 worth of merchandise off the shelves of the home improvement store in Deer Park, according to Suffolk County police.

Cancel — who raked in more than $150,000 last year — is accused of stealing $130 in merchandise around 10:15 a.m., and then $30 more just before noon.

It is not clear what items she allegedly stole.

When she was questioned by cops, the 19-year veteran allegedly gave them a fake name and date of birth.

Cancel, of Hicksville, was charged with two counts of Petit Larceny and false personation.

She was suspended without pay, NYPD officials confirmed.

A message left at a number for Cancel was not immediately returned.

The alleged sticky-fingered cop had been serving within the Police Commissioner’s Office since July, the same month Caban was tapped to lead the NYPD.

Home Depot in Deer Park
NYPD Detective Christina Cancel allegedly snatched $160 worth of goods from the Home. Depot in Deer Park. Google Maps

In 2015, Cancel was disciplined by the department for using another officer’s password to search the NYPD’s database for personal reasons.

She lost 10 days of vacation for the incident.

NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban at a press conference.
Cancel had been working at the NYPD Commissioner’s office since Edward Caban took over. J. Messerschmidt for NY Post

In the 2023 fiscal year, Cancel took home $156,311, of which roughly $52,000 was overtime pay, records show.

Cancel joined the force in 2004 at the age of 35 after spending years working in a brokerage house, she told WNYC at the time.

She was assigned to Midtown South and was one of the 12,000 officers who were assigned to the Republican National Convention to combat potential terrorism.

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