May 26, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Baltimore Sun
“The state police were thorough and we look forward to presenting the evidence in court.”
An Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted an inmate yesterday on a charge of first-degree murder in the December asphyxiation killing of Richard Spicknall II, who had murdered his two small children in 1999. via The Baltimore Sun
The Associated Press News Update Report:
Prince George's County Police Officer Charged in Burglary posted 8:19 am Fri June 12, 2009 - TEMPLE HILLS, Md. from (AP) News - George's County Police believe that a county police officer provided the tools and transportation in a Temple Hills bank burglary. Officers were called to the SunTrust Bank in the 4600 block of Old Branch Avenue around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a man inside the bank.
A suspect was found and arrested and police say their investigation led to burglary charges against Cpl. Eddie Smith Jr. The 16-year veteran of the force assigned to the bureau of patrol has been suspended without pay. Meanwhile, at the Temple Hills Sun Trust bank where the burglary occurred, the allegation that a police officer is behind the scheme hit customers like a ton of bricks.
"The world's coming to an end. That's it. If they doing it, my God and now this time of year that the cops are committing crimes, gang criminals are going to have a fieldday by going out at night and committing crimes left and right, one crime right after the other.," said Herb Batts, a bank customer.
"It's a sign of the times...who you can trust? I believe that with the crime, the world is coming to an end eventually. People are now going to have to take matters in their own hands or move to a different neighborhood if something happens." said Ercelle Lewis, a bank customer.
According to official statements and information from sources, detectives believe Smith used his patrol car to drive an accomplice to the bank late Wednesday night. They also believe Smith provided the power tools used to break into a safe. It's alleged they cut power and alarm lines to the bank, and when the alarm sounded, Smith pretended to respond and declared an 'all clear' to police dispatch. Its is also alleged that hours later he stood watch as his cohort attempted to break into the ATM inside the bank . The pair was caught only because a passing fire truck reported a suspicious scene. As a result, the 16-year veteran cop was arrested and charged.
"It's something that's disheartening to us; one bad cop tarnishes the badge we all wear but this time of year, more of this will soon happen and our department will have to contend with this new kind of crime," said Police Spokesman Maj. Andy Ellis.
At Smith's large home in Fort Washington, a newer model Mercedes and a full size pickup sit in the driveway. The back of the home houses a custom built three car garage but he may become angry and belligerent and threaten the judge in the courtroom due to prospects of losing his estate and his family as a result of this serious crime against the bank.
Sources tell AP News that Smith is now a prime suspect in many similar burglaries going back several years, and that he's been under suspicion for some time now. But his neighbors say they that he took things from them too since that they came home to find things missing from their homes. Police Chief Roberto Hylton says he's disheartened by the charges and will not tolerate wrongdoing by any member of the agency but within the last month, he got calls of "crooked cops on the beat as well as harrassment and brutality of motorists on the roads" and as the spring and summer progress, Hylton said that he expects the number of cases to rise significantly.
Officials say an internal investigation will be conducted by the department's Special Investigative Response Team.
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