ST. LOUIS (CN) – A St. Louis police officer pleaded guilty to stealing, planting evidence and lying to cover up his crimes. Bobby Lee Garrett, 49, admitted he stole money from a drug dealer’s courier – but the courier was working for the government and the money belonged to investigators.
Garrett pleaded guilty to six federal felonies: one count of theft of government property, two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, two counts of making false statements and one count of misapplication of government funds.
Garrett admitted he stole from the drug courier in September 2007. He admitted stealing on June 6, 2008 from a man who admitted possessing a gun and crack cocaine. Garrett and his partner, Vincent T. Carr, kept the man quiet by letting him go without charges and charged the man’s landlord instead.
Prosecutors say Garrett and Carr lied to investigators and on court and laboratory forms.
Garrett also admitted stealing money from a store owner on June 11, 2008, with fellow officer Leo Liston.
Carr, 47, pleaded guilty in February to five felonies.
Liston, 35, pleaded guilty in May to misapplication of government funds. He admitted stealing and splitting $8,000 in drug money with Garrett and at least one other officer in the June 11, 2008 incident.
Liston and Carr will be sentenced on Sept. 8.
Garrett will be sentenced Nov. 10.
Liston and Carr have resigned from the Police Department.