KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Three Kansas City Kansas Police Officers have been indicted in federal court, accused of stealing a video game system and other electronics while executing search warrants last year.
The indictment also accuses the officers, identified as Jeffrey M. Bell, 33, Darryl M. Forrest, 31, and Dustin Sillings, 33, of stealing cash from the FBI in a sting operation conducted in January.
Bell and Forrest are charged with conspiracy, deprivation of rights and theft. Sillings is charged with conspiracy and theft. Each could face over 10 years in federal prison if convicted.
According to the indictment, Bell, Forrest and Sillings conspired to deprive others of their civil rights from January 2010 to Jan. 4, 2011, while they were members of the police department's Selective Crime Occurrence Reduction Enforcement Unit (SCORE) whose duties included serving search warrants in Wyandotte County, Kan. The alleged thefts occurred while the officers were on duty, wearing their SCORE unit uniforms, displaying official badges and carrying their weapons.
On July 7, 2010, during the execution of a search warrant at a house on Haskell Street in Kansas City, Kan., Bell is alleged to have stolen a PlayStation Portable game console. During the same incident, Forrest is alleged to have stolen a FLIP camcorder.
The indictment also alleges that between January 2010 and Jan. 4, 2011, during the execution of three separate search warrants at residences in Wyandotte County, Bell stole at least three PlayStation video games belonging to unknown persons. During the same period, Sillings is alleged to have stolen at least six PlayStation video games belonging to unknown persons.
On Jan. 4, 2011, the FBI and the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department arranged for the officers to execute an apparent search warrant at 730 Everett in Kansas City, Kan. During that incident, the indictment alleges that Bell stole one red Nintendo DS game player, one "Golden Sun" Nintendo DS game and a computer docking cord, all belonging to the FBI, while Forrest stole a "Transformers Deceptions" Nintendo DS game, a Nintendo DS "Golden Sun" game case, and an Apple iPod Touch with headphones, and $300 cash, all belonging to the FBI. Sillings allegedly stole $340 cash belonging to the FBI in the incident.
"Police officers are given tremendous power to fight crime and to keep us safe," U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a statement. "It is absolutely vital that we assure they do not abuse that authority. The public must be able to have confidence that our officers treat everyone fairly, equally and with respect."