Officer indicted on theft, misconduct charges after sting operation

March 04, 2004

A Baltimore police officer was indicted yesterday on theft and misconduct charges stemming from a sting operation. He is accused of failing to turn over $500 in cash taken from an undercover detective posing as a drug dealer last month, officials said.

Officer Myron A. Thornes, 32, who joined the force in 1996, is expected to surrender to police tomorrow on felony theft and misconduct charges, police officials said.

Thornes has been suspended with pay since the sting operation Feb. 12.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Police said internal affairs detectives began investigating Thornes for an undisclosed reason. The operation included an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer. Thornes is accused of not turning over to the agency's evidence control unit $500 recovered from that undercover officer.

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