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NYPD cop busted for stealing Electric Zoo champagne gets charges dismissed


A charge against one of the three NYPD detectives busted in connection with the theft of pricey Jay-Z champagne at the 2022 Electric Zoo concert have been dismissed, a law enforcement source said.

The official misconduct charge against the cop, Warren Golden, was dismissed last month. A police source said the allegation — that he did nothing to stop his fellow detectives from trying to steal the champagne — is a NYPD rules violation, not a crime.

But Golden is not out of the woods yet. He was demoted back to police officer in the wake of the incident and is now suspended with pay, with the police source saying the department is expected to file disciplinary charges against him.

The criminal case against Officer Wojciech Czech, charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property, is pending.

Bottles of Armand de Brignac champagne. (Kambouris/Getty Images for Rihanna)
Bottles of Armand de Brignac champagne. (Kambouris/Getty Images for Rihanna)

The third cop charged, Officer Jonathan Gonzalez, resigned from the NYPD in December and pleaded guilty in February to petty larceny and official misconduct. He was sentenced to 10 days of community service and completed an alcohol treatment program.

Like Golden, Gonzalez and Czech were also demoted back to officer after the incident came to light,

The trio were on duty with Manhattan North Narcotics when they were sent to look for drug activity at Electric Zoo, popular electronic music festival, on Randalls Island on Sept. 3, 2022.

Jonathan Gonzalez
Officer Jonathan Gonzalez

They were posted in a VIP area where a group of concertgoers had ordered the champagne, officially known as Armand de Brignac but more widely known as Ace of Spades, after its logo. The brand is owned by Jay-Z and a French luxury goods company

When some of those in the group walked away, Gonzalez grabbed two unopened bottles — worth about $2,900 — and headed back to Czech and Golden, authorities said at the time.

Gonzalez put the bottles on a table where Czech and Golden were standing and then retrieved a backpack, authorities said. Czech then allegedly handed the bottles to Gonzalez, who stuffed them into the backpack while Golden stood by and did nothing to stop it, authorities said.

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NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell (Luiz C. Ribeiro for New York Daily News)

Former NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell (Luiz C. Ribeiro for New York Daily News)

The alleged attempted theft was thwarted when one of the people who ordered the champagne saw what had happened and alerted a concert security officer, who took the booze back from Gonzalez and called police.

Then-Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell in 2023 demoted the detectives and cleared out Manhattan North Narcotics, transferring a dozen detectives and their supervisors, including Deputy Chief Brian McGee and Inspector Peter Fiorillo.

A number of cops assigned to the narcotics command at the time have been disciplined by the department or have pending disciplinary cases, police sources said.

Golden did not respond to a request for comment.

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