BPD's former Gun Task Force leader pleads guilty to 9 robberies
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Five of the eight Baltimore City Police officers indicted on federal racketeering charges have now pled guilty.
The latest officer admitted guilt and entered his plea Wednesday afternoon. Former Baltimore police sergeant Thomas Allers is the highest ranking officer on the Gun Trace Task Force to pled guilty..
Allers' family stayed silent as they left federal court Wednesday where Allers admitted to stealing more than $90,000. He plead guilty to nine different robberies during the three years he ran the task force.
Allers admitted to not only stealing money, but submitting false incident reports to cover up his crimes and tipping off fellow officers who were under investigation.
By pleading guilty, he's agreeing to cooperate with federal investigators.
"That cooperation could be in relation to this case, but they may also want to speak to him about his entire career as a Baltimore City police officer," says former public defender Natalie Finegar.
Allers was an officer for 21 years.
Former and current public defenders say the case of the eight indicted officers could be much bigger than just them.
"There is a culture of wrongdoing, and we've been alleging it for a long time," says assistant public defender Deborah Katz Levi.
"For us, the bonus, the positive, is that people will be able to believe us when we have been saying that things are broken."
"We have all been sitting here and waiting for what is the other information that comes out," Finegar says. "Are there other officers that are indicted? Are there other cases to be tainted because of this? It becomes a giant mushroom that can kind of sprout out of this as more people began talking about practices inside the police department and that have been going on for years."
Allers faces up to 20 years in prison.
His sentencing is set for February 23, 2018.