- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A suspended Miami-Dade police detective has pleaded guilty in the theft of expensive jewelry from a home while executing a search warrant.

Nine-year veteran Karel Rosario pleaded guilty Tuesday to dealing in stolen property. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle says Rosario admitted taking a Cartier watch, bracelet and other pieces in May from the home of a suspect being investigated for illegally selling pharmaceutical drugs.

Authorities say Rosario unsuccessfully tried to sell the pieces to local jewelers, one of whom notified police. Rosario was charged after selling the pieces to an undercover officer for $17,000.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 22. The charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, but Rosario will likely get far less time under sentencing guidelines.

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