The Associated Press
9:00 AM EDT, June 11, 2009
TEMPLE HILLS – Prince George’s County police have charged a county police officer in a Temple Hills bank robbery.
Officers were called Wednesday to the SunTrust Bank in the 4600 block of Old Branch Ave. around 3:40 a.m. for a report of a man inside the bank.
A suspect was found and arrested, and police say their investigation led to burglary charges against Cpl. Eddie Smith Jr. The 16-year veteran of the force assigned to the bureau of patrol has been suspended without pay.
Police Chief Roberto Hylton said he’s disheartened by the charges and will not tolerate wrongdoing by any member of the agency.
Officials say an internal investigation will be conducted by the department’s Special Investigative Response Team.