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Prince George's County police officer convicted of stealing, selling guns

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Naomi Jagoda,Prince Georges County

A Prince George's County police officer was convicted Tuesday of stealing and selling guns the department had confiscated after at least two of the stolen guns turned up at other crime scenes.

Juan Carter, 38, was responsible for logging guns seized by a Maryland State Police guns task force, but authorities said 29 seized guns were never listed on the police property log between 2008 and 2009.

Two of the guns Carter is accused of stealing later were used to commit new crimes, according to the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office.

One of the guns was used in an attempted carjacking of an off-duty Prince George's County police officer whose left middle finger was shot off during the incident. Another of the weapons was used during a domestic dispute in Baltimore, officials said.

Twelve of the guns have been recovered and police are still searching for 17 others, officials said.

Carter was convicted Tuesday of three counts of misconduct in office and four counts of theft over $500. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25 and faces at least 60 years in prison for the theft charges.

Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said Wednesday that Carter remains suspended without pay but will be fired.

"We are moving rapidly to separate him from our police department," Magaw said.

This was Carter's second trial on the stolen guns. His first trial resulted in a hung jury.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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