Pr. George’s officer charged with theft

A Prince George’s County police officer was charged criminally with theft and misconduct in office for swiping items from the department’s property warehouse, according to authorities and court records.

Martin Abundez, a six-year veteran who had been assigned to the warehouse, was charged with one count of theft between $10,000 to $100,000, one court of theft less than $1,000 and two counts of misconduct in office, court records show.

Abundez has been suspended from the department while investigators probe the incident, police said.

Police said in a statement that a commander first tipped internal affairs investigators to Abundez’s theft, and those investigators worked with the State’s Attorney’s Office to produce the charges.

Abundez was served with the charges Monday, though the actual theft occurred Jan. 18, according to authorities and court records.

Julie Parker, a Prince George’s County police spokeswoman, said that Abundez took items valued at $1,600. She did not immediately have further details.

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