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Man admits to impersonating officer while helping BPD commit home invasion/robbery

Man admits to impersonating officer while helping BPD commit home invasion/robbery

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to impersonating a police officer while helping a Baltimore police officer rob a couple who own a birdseed store.

Thomas Robert Finnegan, 38, of Easton, Pa., pleaded guilty Thursday to robbery and displaying a gun to help commit a violent crime in connection with a 2014 home-invasion robbery of a Baltimore city couple, announced the U.S. District Attorney's Office.

He's the second man to plead guilty to robbery with a member of Baltimore's defunct Gun Trace Task Force, as the city police corruption probe widens.

The first was David Kendall Rahim, who helped his cousin, Det. Jemell Lamar Rayam in the robbery.

Finnegan said in the plea agreement that he used Baltimore police tactical gear to impersonate police during the home invasion, while Rayam stayed outside in the vehicle to keep any responding police officers at bay.

Finnegan and Rahim entered the home and robbed the victims of $20,000 at gunpoint, according to the press release.

"During the robbery, Finnegan pointed a gun at one of the victims and said to 'sit still and be patient,' while Rahim looked on," according to the press release. "Rahim, Finnegan, and Rayam split the proceeds."

Rayam and Rahim have also pleaded guilty.

Finnegan faces up to 20 years in prison for the robbery charge and up to life in prison for the firearm charge.

Finnegan is set to be sentenced for March 9, 2018, at noon, an hour after Rahim is set to be sentenced.


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