Police Misconduct

Former Baltimore Police Sergeant Receives 15-Year Prison Sentence

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(Baltimore Police Department)

BALTIMORE, MD – A former Baltimore police sergeant has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy that involved robbing citizens and lying about it on reports, reported Baltimore Patch.

Sergeant Thomas Allers, 49, of Linthicum Heights, admitted to nine robberies, according to federal officials.

He admitted to stealing more than $117,000 from the people he had sworn to protect, the U.S. Attorney said.

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Former Baltimore police sergeant Thomas Allers admitted to nine robberies. (Baltimore Police Department)

Allers was the officer in charge of the Baltimore Police Department’s special Gun Trace Task Force from July 2013 until he was reassigned to a different unit on June 14, 2016. The unit was created to investigate gun-related crimes. It was dismantled in March 2017 after seven members were indicted in the racketeering scheme.

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Indicted officers from the Gun Trace Task Force. (Baltimore Police Department)

Allers was indicted in August. Here are some of the crimes to which he admitted, based on his plea agreement:

  • Allers and other officers robbed people at a residence of more than $10,000 after making an arrest there. One of the residents was later fatally shot because he was unable to pay a drug-related debt. Allers signed off on a report that said no money was taken from the residents in the case on April 28, 2016.
  • Allers and other officers took $7,000 from a residence in Baltimore City where he signed off on a report stating $1,624 was seized. The resident had $8,000 from drug sale proceeds, $300 for BGE, $900 for rent and $200 in her daughter’s birthday money. That case was from March 2, 2016.
  • Allers admitted that he and other officers took $5,700 from a home in Baltimore City. When they executed a search warrant, they found $6,000 that the homeowners made legally from used car sales and a tax refund. The officers filed a report saying that $233 was seized in the case, which occurred on April 3, 2015. They pocketed $5,700 for themselves.

Thefts he was involved in ranged from $700 to $66,000, his plea agreement said.

After his 15-year sentence for racketeering conspiracy and racketeering offenses, Allers will be on supervised release for three years, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled.

Four former detectives — Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Maurice Ward and Rayam — previously pleaded guilty to the federal racketeering charges.

Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere, who “coached everyone about what to say,” was indicted after the others. He is the highest-ranking official to be directly implicated in the corruption of the officers indicted with GTTF. He announced his retirement almost immediately after implicating testimony in February 2018, Baltimore Beat reported. He denied the allegations.

Homicide Detective Sean Suiter was murdered Nov. 16, 2017, one day before he was scheduled to testify in the trial.

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