City officer charged with theft

January 24, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer was indicted yesterday by a city grand jury on felony theft and misconduct in office charges after investigators determined he possessed a stolen Jaguar, officials said.

Ivan D. Dow, 27, who was assigned to the Eastern District, had his police powers revoked in October, when police discovered that he had a stolen 1996 Jaguar XJ6, law enforcement officials said.

Dow, an eight-year veteran, told investigators that he spotted the Jaguar on a gas station parking lot in East Baltimore, officials said, and purchased it for $9,000 from a woman he identified as "Ethel." But the woman did not have any proof of ownership and did not have keys, officials said.

Dow went to a Jaguar dealership in Baltimore County, told employees he was a Baltimore police officer doing a drug investigation and ordered a new set of keys, officials said. He then had the Jaguar towed to a garage, where mechanics fixed the transmission, officials said. But the garage never received payment for about $3,200 of work and contacted a debt collection agency, which determined that Dow did not own the car, officials said. The car had been reported stolen in May 2000, officials said.

Police spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella said that "the indictment stemmed from an investigation by the internal affairs division and the regional auto theft task force."

Dow could not be reached for comment.

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