- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Prince George’s County police officer has pleaded guilty to orchestrating a bank break-in.

Authorities say Eddie Smith Jr. of Fort Washington plead guilty Tuesday to breaking into a bank with intent to commit felony bank larceny. They say Smith and Earl Blake of Capitol Heights, who pleaded guilty to the same charge, were involved in the June 2009 incident at a SunTrust bank in Temple Hills.

According to his plea agreement, Smith drove Blake to the bank in his cruiser, gave him an electric grinder and saw and gave him instructions on how to cut open an ATM safe. Firefighters responded to the bank after receiving an alarm and saw Blake inside. Blake fled and Smith ran around the bank as though he were pursuing him, but then fled himself.

Smith’s sentencing is set for Oct. 18.