Police, 11 Jun 2009 (Ellis).
Prince George’s County, Maryland… The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division has arrested and charged Corporal Eddie Smith, Jr. with Burglary stemming from the break-in of a bank. Smith will be presented to a District Court Commissioner where his bond will be determined. Eddie Smith is a 16-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. He was suspended without pay.Officer Under Investigation in Burglaries; Prince George's Police Corporal Is Linked to Latest in Series of Bank Break-Ins.
On June 10, 2009, at approximately 3:40 a.m., police responded to the SunTrust Bank at 4635 Old Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, MD for an alarm and a report of a man inside the bank. Officers began a search for the suspect, and during the search, the suspect was located and placed under arrest. The investigation of this incident led investigators to believe that a police officer was also involved. That investigation resulted in charges being filed against Smith.
“I am disheartened that a member of our police department was charged in this incident, and I applaud the actions of our patrol officers and detectives in solving this crime,” stated Chief of Police Roberto L. Hylton. “I absolutely will not tolerate wrongdoing by any member of this agency. Bad cops have no place in our profession; they tarnish the good work that is being done by the rest of our employees. We will be very thorough in investigating this case along with any others to which this investigation may lead,” stated Hylton. In addition to the criminal investigation, an internal investigation into Corporal Smith’s actions will be conducted by the department’s Special Investigative Response Team.
Post, 11 Jun 2009 (Davis ).
[More details than the police statement.]
(Posted 11 Jun 2009)