Three Metropolitan Police Department officers were arrested Tuesday and charged with attempting to receive stolen property, authorities said.
The officers, named as Guillermo Ortiz, Silvestre Bonilla and Dioni Fernandez, were willing to purchase what they believed were thousands of dollars worth of stolen electronics, according to police. They were arrested while on duty at 3 p.m. as part of a sting operation.
Undercover officers and confidential informants made sales to the 4th District officers in recent weeks and videotaped the transactions, a source said.
One officer bought a flat-screen television iPad and iPhone worth about $5,000, the source said. A second officer bought iPads worth about $1,400. The third bought two flat-screen televisions and an iPad worth about $2,000.
Further information about the officers was not immediately available. All three were said to have been on the force for less than 10 years, according to Gwendolyn Crump, a police spokeswoman.
The officers have been suspended and are in custody, police said.
The arrests were said to be unconnected to the arrest of Officer Jennifer N. Green, 28, who appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted receipt of stolen property.var entrycat = 'Clarence Williams, Paul Duggan, The District, Updates'