Christopher Loeb, of Smithtown, pleads guilty to stealing Suffolk Police Chief James Burke’s gun belt

Christopher Loeb accepted a plea deal today in court. (1/24/14)

SMITHTOWN - A Smithtown man has pleaded guilty to breaking into an SUV that belonged to a top Suffolk cop and stealing his gun belt.

Christopher Loeb pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a weapon in court today.

Loeb is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison for stealing the bag out of Suffolk Police Chief James Burke's car in December of 2012.

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Loeb's attorney says his client took the deal because he was hesitant about his success at trial.

Loeb had claimed Burke roughed him up in an interrogation room after his arrest, but a federal investigation cleared Burke.

Loeb will be sentenced next month.

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