BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer accused of pocketing thousands of dollars during a staged sting operation in a hotel room has pleaded guilty to theft.

Forty-seven-year-old Maurice Jeffers of Savage entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Baltimore.

According to prosecutors, internal affairs investigators had been suspicious of Jeffers, who had been accused of accused of theft four previous times.

In March, the investigators staged a sting operation in a hotel room that had hidden cash. Prosecutors say hidden video surveillance shows Jeffers placing about $3,000 in his pockets while he was alone in the room.

Jeffers faces a maximum of 10 years in prison at sentencing on Feb. 11.

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