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MdTA officer, former police union president, charged with theft

Cpl. Shane Schapiro
Cpl. Shane Schapiro

A Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer has been arrested and charged with theft in his former role as president of the agency's union, Baltimore County police said.

Cpl. Shane Schapiro, 36, of Dundalk was charged with theft between $10,000 and $100,000 after an investigation into missing and misappropriated money at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 34 in Middle River, police said.

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He turned himself in and was released on $10,000 bail.

A Transportation Authority Police spokesman said Schapiro has been suspended but did not elaborate. A woman who answered the phone at FOP Lodge 34 declined to comment.

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Andrew Alperstein, an attorney who is representing Schapiro, said his client is an 18-year police veteran and a "dedicated police officer who is very involved in the cause of policing."

"We're asking for people to reserve judgment until we can learn more about it and have the court process develop," Alperstein said.

Baltimore County police are investigating. No additional information was available.

Schapiro is the officer whose gun and other police equipment were stolen from his cruiser in Dundalk in January, Baltimore County police confirmed. Alperstein said the two incidents are unrelated.

In a separate case, the longtime president of FOP Lodge 29, which represents Maryland Capitol Police officers,was charged this month with stealing from that lodge, according to Baltimore County prosecutors.

Donald Sylvester Freeman Jr., 51, faces one count of felony theft. The crime is alleged to have occurred between December 2010 and February 2016, online court records show. Union representatives could not be reached for comment.

Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney Adam Lippe said the charge stems from allegations that Freeman used about $15,700 in FOP funds for personal benefit. Freeman posted that amount in bail on May 12.

No lawyer is listed for Freeman in online court records, and no one answered Thursday at a number listed for his home in Gwynn Oak.

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