A seven-year veteran of the D.C. police force was stripped of his badge and gun yesterday after Fairfax County police accused him of looting a self-storage unit in Vienna and making off with several thousand dollars' worth of property, authorities said.
Officer Darrell L. Green, 28, who lives in the 1300 block of Harvard Street NW, turned himself in to District police yesterday. Fairfax authorities had issued a warrant for his arrest Friday, charging him with grand larceny, said Officer Tom Harrington, a county police spokesman.
Green, who had been working in the 4th Police District, allegedly stole paintings, antiques, china and Oriental rugs after entering the unit at Tysons Self Storage in the 1200 block of Downey Drive on Sept. 9, Harrington said. Harrington could not say precisely how much the stolen property was worth.
Because the incident is still under investigation, Harrington said he could not discuss how Green might have gotten into the storage unit or whom the property belongs to. Harrington also would not comment on whether anyone else was involved in the alleged theft.
Green will soon go before a magistrate judge for bond to be set in Fairfax County Circuit Court. If convicted of the felony, Green could face one to 20 years in prison, Harrington said.
It was unclear whether Green was on duty when the alleged theft took place, said Kervin Johnson, a D.C. police spokesman. Green was placed on administrative leave with pay, and his police powers have been revoked, Johnson said.
The arrest is the latest in a string of recent incidents involving the 4th Police District.
In October, D.C. police began investigating an incident in which someone stole money from a safe in the district's police station, absconding with the proceeds from a fund-raiser to benefit the family of an officer who had died of cancer. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey later said he was considering installing cameras in front of police safes.
In November, 4th District Cmdr. Melvin Scott was demoted to captain after he failed to deliver a status report on the investigation into the missing money.
And on Dec. 29, Officer Warren L. Pindell, 33, a nine-year veteran, was charged with two counts of armed robbery after 4th District detectives followed up on a report from a prostitute's customer who said a uniformed officer held him up and took his cash. Pindell was off duty but was still in uniform during the holdups, police said. Pindell was suspended from the force immediately.
Abraham Parks, interim commander of the 4th District, could not be reached for comment yesterday.