Narcotics Detective Kyle Willett made the 10-minute drive to a McDonald’s drive-thru for sweet tea and cheeseburgers before returning to work — and doing something no one expected.
Alone in his white Chevrolet Tahoe — outside the UPS global shipping hub where he worked with an elite task force to intercept drug shipments — Willett tore the packing tape off a box, pried open a metal safe and stole piles of cash totaling about $40,000.
But the Louisville Metro Police veteran, well trained in exposing criminals’ missteps, made an elementary mistake of his own.
He used his credit card for the $4.76 McDonald’s meal and then forgot to remove the receipt from the fast-food bag he crumpled and stuffed inside the box before sending the package on its path to Oakland, California.
Willett didn’t know that a West Coast drug interdiction task force anxiously awaited its delivery. A judge had already signed a search warrant to allow investigators to open the package, as it was expected to contain valuable evidence.
The box should have helped investigators snag a drug trafficker. Instead, it netted a cop.