Two correction officers in Baltimore, Maryland, have been charged with theft and burglary for allegedly stealing from a closed 7-Eleven during the citywide unrest that followed the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, who died from severe spinal injuries sustained during police custody.
Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard, both worked at a downtown Baltimore Division of Correction facility, from which they were suspended without pay on May 13, according to an online statement by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. They had initially been placed on administrative leave but were later placed on unpaid leave after video evidence of them stealing was studied.
Intelligence officers identified Cobb and Richard in a video uploaded to YouTube by a bystander. The officers had received a tip regarding the video, which shows numerous people looting a 7-Eleven on the corner of W. Baltimore and Howard on April 25. In the video, two women are depicted running out of the store with stolen Slim Jims and Tostitos. Investigators determined that Cobb and Richard were the women depicted.
Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer praised the quick work of the investigators.
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“Our Intelligence and Investigative Division did an outstanding job, immediately following-up on this tip,” said Moyer on May 13. “We will not allow the vast majority of our employees who are honest and hardworking to be tainted by the actions of a few.”
According to court records, neither Cobb nor Richard had an attorney as of May 14. Both were processed at Central Booking and are being held on $35,000 bond each.
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