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NYC Firefighter Accused of Stealing Credit Cards from Dead Man, Going on Shopping Spree

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Jun. 21 2023, Published 11:58 a.m. ET

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A New York City firefighter is accused of stealing credit cards from a man who died and then going on a shopping spree for Apple AirPods and other items.

On Jan. 11, 2021, four-year FDNY veteran Sylus McKenzie, 33, responded to a call at an apartment, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said, The New York Post reported.

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“The defendant, a firefighter in the New York City Fire Department, allegedly stole an American Express card and a Mastercard while responding to a 911 call at the Manhattan home of a patient who died,’’ Clark said.

According to prosecutors, it was discovered that the dead man’s credit cards had disappeared while first responders were at the Turtle Bay residence.

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“A day later, the defendant allegedly went to various stores in the Bronx and made purchases using the stolen cards,” the DA said.

In total, McKenzie bought or tried to purchase items totaling $1,123.21 at stores that included Sunoco Gas Station, Food Bazaar Supermarket and Target.

“These alleged actions are reprehensible, even more so because he is a member of the city’s Bravest and violated the public trust,” DA Clark said.

McKenzie is scheduled to appear in court in connection with the case on Sept. 7.


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