Three officers placed on desk duty on allegations they took O's tickets

October 02, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Three Baltimore police officers were ordered to desk duty yesterday as investigators probe allegations that they inappropriately obtained Oriole tickets last month, a department spokesman said.

Details of the allegations, which arose Sept. 21 during an afternoon Orioles-Detroit Tigers game, were not divulged. Officials would not release the names of the officers, but a source said one is a sergeant.

Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, would say only that the Internal Investigations Division is looking into whether the officers "inappropriately acquired tickets to Camden Yards during a recent homestand."

He would not comment on the allegations or how they came to the attention of police commanders.

It is the second time in a year that police officers have been accused of improperly acquiring tickets at the ballpark, which is often sold out.

Officers David Brendel and Gerald Tarud resigned from the force in May and pleaded guilty to misconduct in office for flashing their badges to force scalpers to hand over 22 tickets to an Orioles-Yankees playoff game Oct. 11.

One department source familiar with the most recent allegations said the uniformed officers seized tickets from a teen-ager selling them illegally outside the ballpark. The source said the teen-ager disappeared before the officers could apprehend him.

By the time the officers got to the police post inside the park to turn in the tickets, the source said, the teen-ager was inside filling out a complaint alleging that the officers stole his tickets.

One irony, the source said, is that one of the officers under investigation was responsible for turning in Tarud and Brendel.

Pub Date: 10/02/97

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