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Cop Pleads Guilty to Taking Items

October 3, 2002 GMT

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ A police officer pleaded guilty to charges of stealing two items from the USS New Jersey, a battleship displayed at a waterfront museum.

Shane Daly, 39, admitted Wednesday he took a dogging wrench, used to secure hatches, and a sign listing safety precautions for areas containing ammunition.

The thefts happened while he was patrolling the museum on Sept. 27, 2001, and were discovered the next day. Daly was charged with official misconduct.

Daly was part of a security team assigned to patrol the area after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Daly, who had been suspended without pay since his arrest, has been permanently barred from law enforcement work in New Jersey.