Third KCK Cop Pleads Guilty in Federal Theft Case

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A third Kansas City, Kansas, Police officer accused of stealing property while serving search warrants plead guilty in federal court on Wednesday.

Jeffrey M. Bell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal while carrying out search warrants. He and fellow officers Darryl M. Forrest and Dustin Sillings, were arrested in an FBI sting operation last year following an internal police investigation into a citizen complaint.

The three officers belonged to the city's elite SCORE, or Selective Crime Occurrence Reduction Enforcement, unit which was intended to reduce violent crime. The three men are accused of stealing electronics and cash from a residence while serving a search warrant.

Forrest and Sillings pleaded guilty in the case on Tuesday. A fourth unidentified officer was also arrested in the case, but has not been charged.

The defendants face up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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