Supercop sends crack team on mission to find wife’s handbag
THE IRISHMAN once dubbed “America’s Top Cop” is in trouble yet again after he deployed an elite anti-terrorist unit on a mission …to retrieve his wife’s stolen handbag. John Timoney, Miami’s Chief of Police, outraged fellow cops this year when he failed to disclose his year-long use of a free luxury rental car. Now he’s under fire again for “abusing” the services of the crack Special Investigations Section just to get his wife Noreen’s bag back.
The SIS is not unlike Britain’s famed SAS and usually works closely with the DEA, the Secret Service, and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The department’s website highlights many of the unit’s accomplishments, including the arrest of a fugitive wanted in Italy for a bombing that killed 80 people; the dismantling of a criminal network responsible for the human trafficking of children; and a year-long investigation leading to the largest cocaine bust in the history of the Miami Police Department with $400 million worth of cocaine being seized and 11 people arrested.
It’s unlikely the website will trumpet its latest achievement – arresting an 18-year-old kid for stealing Noreen Timoney’s handbag. Noreen left the bag unattended when she was paying for petrol at a service station and a thief snatched it from the front seat of her car.
Her “911” phone call created an astonishing response. Minutes later, six patrol cars arrived on the scene, along with a detective from the burglary unit and a crime scene technician to dust the car for fingerprints. However, that apparently wasn’t enough for such a VIP victim. A call went out to assign SIS detectives to the case. SIS men were granted unlimited overtime to solve the crime. Nonetheless, it still took them two days to arrest the youngster.