September 7, 2015 3:57 pm ET
Story broke on this blog back in in April of 2015
The Baltimore County Police announce through their website the arrest of Sergeant Sergeant Daniel Gregory Galloway, 40, an 18-year-veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to the Tactical Unit of the Special Operations Section, has been charged with the following:
- Conspiracy to Commit Theft over $100,000
- Theft Over $100,000
- Conspiracy to Commit Theft $10,000 to $100,000 (five counts)
- Theft $10,000 to $100,000 (four counts)
- Theft $1,000 to $10,000
The initial story of the investigation of Sergeant Galloway’s wife Tina M. Galloway’s involvement in a possible embezzlement and theft scheme at her former place of employment, Health Care United Federal Credit Unionfirst appeared on this blog.
Sergeant Galloway is an 18 year veteran of the department and was suspended without pay back in June.
Charges against Sergeant Galloway’s wife Tina, are pending as the investigation into her involvement continues according to the county police’s website of September 4, 2015. If you check MD Case Search dated September 1, 2015, you will see one count of theft of $100,000 listed. No other charges appear.
What I find very strange, is that Sergeant Galloway was issued a criminal summons and not arrested or taken into custody since the charges are felonies.
This statement appeared on the website:
“The charges against Sergeant Galloway do not involve any of his on-duty activities with BCoPD and do not involve public funds.
Sergeant Galloway was served with a criminal summons. Because he was not taken into custody for processing, there is no statement of probable cause and no booking photo.”
In the State of Maryland a misdemeanor petty theft is classified in a dollar amount of $100 or less.
The following information was taken from NOLO a website that specializes in criminal defense:
“Felony Theft in Maryland. A person convicted of theft of property or services with a value of at least $1,000 but less than $10,000 is guilty of a felony. This offense is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. Additionally, the offender will be ordered to either return the stolen property to the owner, or pay the owner for the value of the property or services. (Md. Code Ann. [Crim.] §7-104(g)(1)(i).)
A person convicted of theft of property or services with a value of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000 is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for no more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $15,000, or both. As is the case with all other theft offenses under Maryland law, the offender must return the stolen property to the owner, or pay the owner for the value of the property or services. (Md. Code Ann. [Crim.] § 7-104(g)(1)(ii).)“
My question wold be why there was no physical arrest (due to the felony charges) and why a criminal summons was used and no statement of charges were issue.
Very strange? No wonder Assistant States Attorney Adam Lippe had no comment to a Sun reporter. I also find it strange that the Sergeant’s wife Tina, was charged with only one count of theft as shown on MD Case Search website.
Stranger things have happened before in the Baltimore County Police Department and the States Attorney’s Office.
This whole issue dates back to the shake up of the SWAT by then Captain Butch Wilson where senior members of the unit transferred out. Sergeant Galloway stayed until the criminal matters arose.
Former Captain Butch Wilson is now a Major.