Baltimore prison guards arrested for looting during Freddie Gray riots

Maryland has suspended two Baltimore-based corrections officers after they were charged with burglary and theft. The two women were caught on video participating in the looting of a convenience store during the riots after Freddie Gray’s death.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services suspended Tamika Cobb, 29, and Kendra Richard, 28, without pay after they were both charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and theft of less than $1,000 value, the agency announced Wednesday.

A video recorded on April 25 showed two women leaving a West Baltimore 7-Eleven with merchandise during the looting and riots that occurred that evening. They were later identified as Cobb and Richard.

DPSCS intelligence officers and detectives from the Intelligence and Investigative Division reviewed the footage after receiving a tip to do so, the agency said. It showed Cobb ‒ wearing yellow shoes, blue pants and a black sweatshirt with a large white graphic on the front ‒ leaving with Tostitos corn chips and other items. Richard ‒ in yellow tennis shoes, black Adidas jogging pants and a jean jacket ‒ was carrying Slim Jims and other merchandise, police said.

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