Rafael Astacio, a former detective for the New York City Police Department, has admitted guilt to burglary ["Ex-detective admits to role in burglaries," News, June 27]. The legal system will carry on from here.

What dumbfounded me was the theft of $2 million in cash from the office of a Woodbury plastic surgeon. Really? With credit cards and wire transfers, do enough patients pay in cash that it is wise or necessary to have this much kept in an office?

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Is it a judgment on society that, for plastic surgery's endowment and enhancement, there can be no paper trail of treatment? Or is something else happening? I have no knowledge of this doctor's clientele or practice, so this is pure conjecture. But I find it fascinating. Should we hope the IRS reads Newsday?

Judith Upright, Locust Valley