A pair of Maryland corrections officers (COs) may not only lose their government jobs, but also may find themselves at the receiving end of a view of life from the wrong side of prison bars. As reported by Hearst Television (via WVTM of Birmingham, Ala.) on May 18, 2015, and also the New York Daily News on May 16, 2015, a pair of state employed prison guards in the Old Line State have officially been charged with looting a convenience store during the recent Baltimore Riots.
After initially being placed on administrative leave with pay, Baltimore-based COs Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard have found themselves suspended from duty without pay after the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) announced that investigators determined the duo were active participants in looting a 7-Eleven convenience store during the recent Baltimore Riots. As the Secretary of the DPSCS Stephen Moyer stated, “We will not allow the vast majority of our employees who are honest and hardworking to be tainted by the actions of a few.”
As seen on an amateur video that managed to make its way to social media, the two were seen at different times reaching the conclusion that it was, in fact, the appropriate time to snap into a Slim Jim. As seen on the Youtube video that’s already garnered thousands of views, Cobb and Richards were seen exiting a broken into 7-Eleven clutching armfuls of Slim Jim dried meat snacks, and bags of Tostitos corn chips.
The two have been charged specifically with misdemeanor theft and felony burglary. If convicted, the two would lose their state jobs which offers starting pay at $38,258, and also offers an attractive benefits package. As cited on the Maryland DPSCS official website, corrections officers are also offered full medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and term life insurance. COs also rate between 42 and 57 paid days off and/or holiday extra-pay days per year, depending upon seniority.