Middle River bail bondsman pleads guilty to selling drugs stolen by police officers

Donald SteppA bail bondsman from Middle River has pleaded guilty to selling drugs that were stolen from citizens by officers with the Baltimore Police Department.

Donald Stepp, 51, pleaded guilty on Friday to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and other controlled dangerous substances.

According to his plea agreement, Stepp operated Double D Bail Bonds and was an associate of former BPD Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins. Stepp admitted that from 2015-2017, he obtained significant quantities of narcotics from Jenkins and robbed citizens of their property, including drugs, cash, and watches. Stepp admitted that he participated in robberies with Jenkins and another Baltimore Police Department detective.

To facilitate the robberies and drug trafficking, Jenkins brought Stepp to search locations in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and lied to other law enforcement agencies by saying Stepp was an officer with BPD. Jenkins would come to Stepp’s residence after he had robbed citizens and Stepp would store the stolen drugs in his tool shed.

Stepp then sold the stolen drugs and returned hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash proceeds to BPD officers. Jenkins took a portion of the proceeds from the drug sales and paid other officers in the BPD who participated in the robberies with Jenkins and Stepp.

On December 14, 2017, law enforcement with the Baltimore County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at Stepp’s residence and recovered approximately 423 grams of crack cocaine, 262 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of heroin, 28 grams of MDMA, digital scales, packaging material, a large sum of cash, and several high-value watches.

Jenkins has pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, two counts of robbery, one count of destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in a federal investigation, and four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Stepp faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for April 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.

 

Purse snatched at White Marsh Mall; Parkville shop burglarized

Police GraphicPolice are investigating an assault & robbery and a burglary that were reported this week.

At about 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, an individual pried open the glass door to the Tobacco Center Cafe in the 1800 block of E. Joppa Road (21234) and fled with the cash register drawer.

At 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, two individuals approached a woman as she was walking across the parking lot of White Marsh Mall. One of the suspects assaulted the woman and stole her purse. Both suspects got into a vehicle and fled.  Police have not yet released a description of the suspects.

Police say man set up ‘spy cam’ in White Marsh Mall restroom [VIDEO]

White Marsh Mall Spy Cam SuspectUPDATE: Police say the suspect has been identified and apprehended. His identity will be released once he has been formally charged.

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The suspect who set up a “spy camera” in a White Marsh Mall restroom caught himself on camera, and now police are seeking the public’s help in identifying him.

The camera was found by a patron in the family restroom of the food court area in White Marsh Mall at about 6:30 p.m. on December 23.

It was secured with electrical tape to a partition dividing two lavatory areas, pointing toward one of the facilities. The camera and recording equipment, including an SD card containing video footage, were turned over to police.

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White Marsh Mall Spy Cam

Upon reviewing the video footage officers were able to determine there were very few people caught on video, indicating the camera was there for only a short period of time. Also caught on video is the perpetrator, who unintentionally recorded himself securing the camera to the stall partition. A portion of that video can be viewed below.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit are continuing this investigation and are asking anyone who recognizes this suspect to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Drug deal goes bad in Parkville, rifle rounds strike homes in Middle River

Police LightsPolice are investigating several local crimes that were reported over the past week.

At about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, two people were going to meet a juvenile suspect to sell her drugs in the 2700 block of Maple Avenue in Parkville (21234). When the pair arrived, they observed several suspects sitting in a vehicle, who then began to chase them. A suspect exited the vehicle, implied he had a gun, and demanded their property. The victims ran to a residence and called police.

At just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, two juveniles were robbed of their cell phones and one victim’s headphones and belt by two individuals in the 4900 block of Hazelwood Avenue (21206). The suspects then fled the scene.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, while making a food delivery in the 9800 block of Langs Road in Middle River (21220), four individuals walked up to the driver, assaulted him, and took the food he was delivering. The suspects then fled.

At 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, a man fired his rifle from the rear of his residence in the 200 block of Shagbark Road in Middle River (21220). The rounds from the rifle struck nearby residences causing damage and almost striking the residents. The suspect was subsequently arrested.