By Jason Green, Mercury News
SAN MATEO – A veteran San Francisco Police Department officer has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a San Mateo pharmacy to obtain painkillers, authorities said.
Sgt. Davin Cole, a 56-year-old longtime San Mateo resident, was arrested and booked on charges of second-degree robbery and resisting arrest, San Mateo Police Department spokesperson Alison Gilmore told this news organization.
The robbery was reported at about 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Rite Aid at 666 Concar Drive in San Mateo. Gilmore said Cole was off duty at the time of his arrest. She did not release any other details about the case, including whether Cole brandished a weapon.
Cole was released from jail on a $57,500 bail bond pending a Nov. 18 arraignment. His attorney said he planned to give a statement on Cole’s behalf Friday afternoon.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe affirmed that Cole allegedly robbed the pharmacy to take drugs, not cash. Wagstaffe added that his office is awaiting the results of the San Mateo police investigation to review the case for prospective criminal charges.
In response to an inquiry from this news organization, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department confirmed that it placed Cole on unpaid leave pending an internal investigation, and offered no additional comment on the arrest.
Cole has been an officer with SFPD since 1994, according to the police department and state records. He has been one of the department’s more public-facing officers and on his LinkedIn page lists his current duties as a supervisor for patrol as well as the department’s homeless outreach and foot beat, as part of a multidisciplinary team designed to provide a holistic response to police calls involving homelessness. He has also served as an acting lieutenant.
Prior to his time with SFPD, records show he briefly served with Foster City police and before that, served over four years with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.