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Baltimore police officer pleads guilty to theft during sting

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer accused of pocketing thousands of dollars during a staged sting operation in a hotel room has pleaded guilty to theft.

Forty-seven-year-old Maurice Jeffers of Savage entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Baltimore.

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According to prosecutors, internal affairs investigators had been suspicious of Jeffers, who had been accused of theft four previous times.

In March, the investigators staged a sting operation in a hotel room that had hidden cash. Prosecutors say hidden video surveillance shows Jeffers placing about $3,000 in his pockets while he was alone in the room.

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Jeffers faces a maximum of 10 years in prison at sentencing on Feb. 11.

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