Former Philly cop admits to using confiscated Porsche to take stepdaughter to prom

Molly Daly
January 17, 2020 - 3:09 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A 46-year-old Philadelphia narcotics unit cop has pleaded guilty for taking an impounded luxury SUV for a spin last April. 

You have to wonder if Officer James Coolen thought no one would notice when he drove his pickup into the narcotics department's secure lot and left in a California-registered Porsche Cayenne seized during a recent bust. 

Or that neighbors wouldn't think it odd when he brought home the SUV valued at more than $60,000 and then used it to ferry his stepdaughter to the prom.

But notice was taken, and there was ample evidence to back it up: a neighbor's security footage, as well as photos, showing the pricey car parked at his house; Coolen's fingerprints on the GPS system, with navigation data confirming the trip to and from the prom; and the sworn statement of another officer who saw Coolen get into and drive off with the Porsche. 

Coolen resigned and surrendered to police in October. 

On Thursday, he admitted his guilt and was sentenced to 12 months of probation.