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.

GoFundMe page established for elderly Fullerton beating victim

Jim Fullerton Attack VictimA GoFundMe page has been established for a man who was viciously beaten by a group of six individuals last week.

The 69-year-old was beaten by six juveniles in the 4200 block of Cardwell Avenue (21236) on Wednesday, January 3, as he was preparing to take his wife to the bank.

The six teens attacked the man, robbed him, then ran over him with his own vehicle, crushing his hip.

Shortly thereafter a neighbor found “Jim” on the curb and brought him a blanket, while another individual called 911.

The man was taken to Shock Trauma and underwent surgery for multiple fractures in his pelvic bone, internal bleeding, and multiple contusions. “Jim” will be hospitalized, then in a rehab facility for approximately 6 weeks. It is uncertain when “Jim” will be able to walk again.

Four of the juveniles were arrested earlier this week, and three of them have been charged as adults.

The goal of the newly-created GoFundMe page is to raise $5,000 for “Jim” and his wife.

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.