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Posted at 4:39 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Three D.C. officers charged in sting

By Paul Duggan and Clarence Williams

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.

By Paul Duggan and Clarence Williams  | March 8, 2011; 4:39 PM ET
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Paul Duggan, The District, Updates  
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Comments

Are these crooked cops even legal U.S. citizens? Reports say approximately 40 percent of D.C. cops themselves have criminal records.

Of course, this comes as no shock, now does it?

Posted by: clitteigh | March 8, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Vacancy in the grade of Police Officer...be available to work rotating shifts and be sure you have a personal vehicle large enough to carry as much loot as possible.

Posted by: priveye | March 8, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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Now who shops at Walmart ?

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Posted by: kstobbe1 | March 8, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't call them crooked....Bent maybe. Anyway your suppose to jump on any good sale.. At least they were exposed early.

Posted by: juno225 | March 8, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

You can't tolerate this for a second. Kick 'em to the curb. You need to hire people who don't want to do anything BUT be law enforcement officers. Have to make examples of the "bad apples." Lower the boom hard. They're on the other side now. The bad side.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 8, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

At the rate that these sting operations are getting positive results, DC will have to build a special jail just for its convicted police officers.

Posted by: localgoober | March 8, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Cops in DC shouldn't steal. Just get elected to City Council like the others.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 8, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Affirmative action at its best....

Posted by: mark0004 | March 8, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

DC cops aren't fit to mop the floors of metro. I hate DC!

Posted by: FiatBooks | March 8, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Again, all items that pertain to the DC Government affairs should appear in the 'Crime Scene Blog.'

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | March 8, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

"all items that pertain to the DC Government affairs should appear in the 'Crime Scene Blog.'"

The problem with the crime blotter proposal is WaPo's political correctness. To avoid antagonizing certain communities, WaPo's photoless crime reports pretty much would go like this: " According to certain allegations some persons were accused of buying something which allegedly might have been stolen." period.

Posted by: wjc1va | March 8, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Isn't diversity great!!

Posted by: priveye | March 8, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

clitteigh;

Your comments regarding the nationality and criminal records of DC police officers is either a poor attempt at humor or regurgitation of personal bias. First all members of the MPD must be US citizens and secondly unless you have access to police personnel records you have no way of knowing who if anyone among the department have criminal records. I'm no fan of the MPD. But I try to base my opinion on fact and my personal experiences. This constant silliness that leads folks to make heinous assumptions based on surnames says more about you than the officers.

So please provide sources to back up what appears to be your bigotted "observations". I and I'm sure most other DC residents would greatly appreciate it!

Posted by: JDYoung | March 9, 2011 6:10 AM | Report abuse

The public really can't be surprised by this. I frequently wonder who is more corrupt, the MPD or PGPD? I NEVER see a member of either department doing anything productive. Jokes to say the very least. Hey, once they complete their laughable sentence they can be elected to the Board of Supervisors!

Posted by: jacci84 | March 9, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The public really can't be surprised by this. I frequently wonder who is more corrupt, the MPD or PGPD? I NEVER see a member of either department doing anything productive. Jokes to say the very least. Hey, once they complete their laughable sentence they can be elected to the Board of Supervisors!

Posted by: jacci84 | March 9, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"Affirmative action at it's best" and "Isn't diversity great"; that's just pure ignorance at it's best. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. That reference has no skin color. If you look at the history of most organizations it wasn't until relatively recently that "others" where allowed to join their ranks. If you are suggesting that instances of crime went up when minorities joined you need to review history..........

Posted by: ezharvey101 | March 9, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see Mayor Gray's new administration is fitting right into the patterns set by his predecessors in our nation's cesspool.....

51st state..... that's funny..... really really funny.

Posted by: trainsguy | March 9, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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