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Tag: Eddie Lee Smith Jr

Suburban D.C. Cop Sentenced in Not-So Smart Scheme to Break Into ATM Machine

pg.  countyBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This was not the smartest of schemes.

And because of that, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte on Monday sentenced former Prince George’s County Police officer Eddie Lee Smith, Jr., 42,  of Maryland to two years and six months in prison. He was also ordered to pay $10,170.94 in restitution for damage caused to the ATM machine. Prince George’s County is a suburb of Washington.

Smith admitted in a guilty pleas that while in uniform he met with Earl Blake and told him he had a job for him, authorities said.

Smith drove Blake in his marked police cruiser to the SunTrust Bank in Temple Hills, Md., and gave him a black bag with an electric grinder/saw and other materials. He then instructed him to cut open the ATM safe, authorities said.

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Feds Say Suburban D.C. Cop Drove Bank Robber in His Patrol Car

SunTrust
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — This may not be in the Prince George’s County police manual, but it goes without saying that using the police cruiser to pull off a bank robbery is frowned upon.

Prince George’s County Police Officer Eddie Lee Smith Jr., 41, was indicted by a federal grand jury on conspiracy to commit bank larceny and attempted bank larceny charges after he allegedly used his patrol car to try to pull off a robbery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office,  Officer Smith drove accomplice Earl Blake, 53, in his police cruiser to the Sun Trust Bank in Temple Hills, Md., a suburb of Washington,  on June 10, 2009.

Blake entered the bank with a power saw. The phone lines had been cut and a fire alarm went off, authorities said. Officer Smith remained in his patrol car.

When the fire department arrived, Officer Smith told them to leave and assured them he had already checked out everything, authorities said.

Meanwhile, Blake ran from the bank and Officer Smith chased after him before giving up. Officer Smith then got in his car and left. Other police later arrested Blake, authorities said.