They couldn’t have come up with a worse reboot of the Ocean’s series. A Nassau County cop has been arrested and charged with “plotting a gunpoint robbery of a casino patron” reports Long Island News. The cop’s wife, who works at the casino, is also under arrest facing the same charges. The district attorney’s office alleges that 32-year-old Bruce Moeller conspired with his 29-year-old wife, Christina Moeller, to jack one lucky patron of Jake’s 58 casino.
According to NewsDay:
Officer Bruce Moeller and his wife, Christina Moeller, a cashier at Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino, were taken into custody Tuesday and charged with fourth-degree conspiracy, according to court documents. The Moellers conspired between March 1 and June 4 to commit an armed robbery at the casino, according to felony complaints.
Bruce Moeller is the third Nassau police officer arrested in the past week as a result of a Suffolk grand jury investigation. The other officers — publicly identified by authorities for the first time Wednesday — are Erik Skoglund, charged with fourth-degree conspiracy, and Karen Ernst, charged with fourth-degree criminal facilitation, a misdemeanor. They were given desk appearance tickets and are to be arraigned at a later date.
Skoglund and Ernst were arrested over suspicions of being part of a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring.
The district attorney’s office has declined to comment on whether the other officers arrested were part of the amatuer hour Ocean’s 11 reenactment. Prosecutors are debating additional charges for Moeller and his wife over allegations that the couple was planning an armored car heist – plotting to rob the truck as it made a delivery to Jake’s 58.
The Moeller’s have pleaded not guilty to the charges in First District Court in Central Islip and released on bond.
“We plan to strongly defend against these allegations,” said William Petrillo, the police officer’s Garden City-based attorney. “[Moeller] served the country in the Marines for four years, including two tours in Afghanistan where he received approximately nine medals for heroic combat.”
Thomas Spreer, the defense attorney for Christina Moeller, said his client began working at Jake’s about a year ago — after her father died — and has a clean record.