MPD Officer Arrested for Burglary
Police sources say Jennifer Green, a 28-year-old woman being arraigned on charges of burglary and receiving stolen goods today, is a Metropolitan Police Department officer.
Approached before the hearing, Green's attorney, Kenneth Auerbach, declined comment. The U.S. Attorney's office, which will be prosecuting the case, also declined comment. Sources say Green works in the Fourth District. MPD says it's working on a statement, so look for an update here shortly.
UPDATE: MPD has released a statement that gives some details about Green's arrest. She allegedly participated in a fake burglary. Green, who has been on the force since 2005, was busted on Saturday as a result of the sting, which was conducted by Internal Affairs. The arrest went down at around 9 p.m. in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue NW.
Internal Affairs "conducted an undercover operation where Officer Green was an active participant in what she believed to be a Burglary of a private residence," says MPD. "Following the successful conclusion of the operation, Officer Green was placed under arrest and charged with Burglary and Receiving Stolen Property."
Green will be on paid leave pending the outcome of her case. Other charges may follow, as it's unlikely MPD would go through the trouble of setting up a fake burglary if they didn't suspect Green of other crimes.
UPDATE 2: It doesn't look like Green actually went into the dwelling she's accused of burglarizing. She was more like a lookout, according to recently filed charging documents. It also appears that, so far, prosecutors have only charged Green with one charge of receiving stolen property, though MPD initially arrested her for burglary as well.
Court documents burrow even deeper into the story of Green's alleged misconduct. They say a confidential informant facing an assault with a dangerous weapon charge went with Green to the Macombo Lounge on Georgia Avenue NW on March 4, at about 7:30 p.m. There, the CI told Green that there was an apartment with money and "other shit" whose owner was out of town with the CI's female cousin, say court papers. The CI told Green he was going to "hit" the place.
"Defendant Green then stated to the CI that she could not do anything with the drugs, but that she could use the money." Green allegedly asked if there were any cameras monitoring the location. The CI told her there weren't, according to documents.
The next day, the CI telephoned Green and asked her if "she was still trying to do that" with him later, say court papers. Green allegedly responded, "Yea man, you got what you need to do that?" After talking over where the apartment was located ("somewhere around Georgia Avenue, NW and Quincy Street, NW"), the CI told Green to be ready at 8 p.m. Court papers say Green agreed.
According to filings, at 8:15, the CI came for Green. Green left her apartment, but then went back in, saying she'd forgotten something. She came back with her police radio, say papers. Allegedly, she eventually tuned her radio to the Fourth District police radio zone, even though she was off duty.
Later, after Green and the CI parked near the target apartment, charging documents say the CI pulled out a crowbar and stuffed it into his right sleeve. The CI exited the vehicle and went inside of an apartment on Quincy Street. The CI returned with with over $1,000 in cash and some soap pieces made to look like crack. The duo drove away and the CI gave Green $610.00 of the money, court papers say. The CI dropped Green off at her home, say documents, where she was arrested. Green pleaded not guilty at her arraignment.
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