City policeman videotaped allegedly taking money from undercover man.


October 21, 1991|By Raymond L. Sanchez | Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff

A Baltimore police officer, videotaped as he allegedly stole money from an undercover State Police investigator, was indicted today on a count of felony theft -- part of an investigation into corruption in the Eastern District.

A Baltimore grand jury today indicted Officer Richard Warble, a six-year veteran, on a count of theft over $300, which carries a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $1,000 fine, said Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms.

The indictment is part of a city and State Police probe into "allegations of thefts from criminal suspects and detained individuals" in the Eastern District, Simms said in a statement. The state's attorney declined to discuss the indictment.

Sources said Warble is cooperating in the investigation and more indictments could follow later this month.

The indictment alleges that Warble, 25, detained an undercover State Police investigator Oct. 10 during a routine stop. Warble allegedly searched the officer, took money from him and failed to return the money after not arresting him, Simms said in a statement.

Sources said Warble allegedly took $1,000 in cash from the "suspect," who was posing as a drug dealer, and only gave $700 back. The transaction was captured on videotape.

Warble was suspended Oct. 11, Simms said. He will be arraigned Nov. 1.

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