BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Another Baltimore Police Department officer has been arrested after authorities say he stole more than $90,000 from victims in a racketeering conspiracy.
49-year-old Sgt. Thomas Allers has been charged with nine counts of robbery and extortion for allegedly stealing money from victims, some of which had not committed any crimes, and submitting false reports.
Allers is the eighth Baltimore City police officer indicted in connection with a corruption scandal involving an elite gun task force.
One of the victims he is accused of stealing from was later shot and killed because he could not repay a drug-related debt.
In another case, Allers and other officers found $6,000 while serving a search warrant at a Baltimore home. They are accused of stealing $5,700, and then filing a false report that said they only found $233.
Allers is also accused of stealing a girl’s birthday money from her mother’s purse, along with money the woman was going to use to pay her rent and gas bill.
His lawyer, Gary Proctor, once represented one of the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case.
“I have nothing to say at this time, I’ll see you in court tomorrow at 11:30, and no doubt, there’ll be a lot more details made public then,” Proctor said.
The acting U.S. attorney, Stephen Schenning, spoke about the breach of trust involving the gun unit, two members entered guilty pleas, the rest maintain their innocence.
“It’s just so serious. The first thing that any law enforcement agency requires is the trust and faith of the community, and this kind of conduct just makes it incredibly difficult to achieve,” Schenning said.
He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy, the robberies, and for racketeering.
The Baltimore Police Department released the following statement:
“The Baltimore Police Department remains dedicated to constitutional policing. I condemn any and all criminal activity that erodes our trust with the community. We are and have been embedded with the FBI /Baltimore field office’s Public Corruption Task Force. This partnership ensures that police officers that commit criminal misconduct will face the certainty of accountability.”