- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Prosecutors say a former New York City police detective faces up to eight years in prison for his role in a burglary ring that stole $10 million in loot over several years.

The proceeds included $3 million in sunglasses from a Plainview, New York, business and $2 million in cash from a plastic surgeon.

Rafael Astacio pleaded guilty in federal court on Long Island on Thursday to conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and filing a fraudulent tax return.

Authorities did not indicate the status of prosecutions against four others charged in the case.

Court papers say the ring operated on Long Island between 2009 and 2012. It used traditional burglary tools like blow torches, crowbars, wire cutters and sledgehammers to break into businesses.

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