Baltimore City school resource officer is charged with felony theft of diesel fuel from Anne Arundel County truck stop

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A Baltimore City school resource officer is suspended without pay after Anne Arundel County Police arrested him and three others Memorial Day on charges they stole about 750 gallons of diesel fuel from a truck stop in Millersville.

Anne Arundel County officers went to New Transit Truck Stop in the 8400 block of Veterans Highway around 5 a.m. Monday after getting calls about a theft in progress, police said. The officers saw a gold Chevrolet SUV being driven away from a U-Haul and stopped the vehicle, police said.

Video footage from the truck stop showed the four people inside the SUV pumping diesel fuel into storage containers inside the U-Haul, police said.

Officer Xavier Harper, 32, is charged with felony theft. Harper is the son of Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper. Tapp-Harper was also a major with the Baltimore Police Department before retiring. Reached by phone Wednesday, Tapp-Harper said she had no additional information to provide about her son’s arrest, and that she had not heard from him since.

The others arrested are Michael Gibson, 53, of Westminster, Jacob Hartley, 36, of Nottingham, and Shawn Mackey, 28, of Baltimore.

Andre Riley, executive director of communications for Baltimore City Public Schools said Harper was suspended after the school system learned about his arrest.

“We immediately suspended him with no pay. His police powers are also suspended,” Riley said.

Harper could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. According to online court records, he does not have an attorney and was released from custody without bail under his own recognizance.

Hired to the school police force in 2019, Harper has an annual salary of $41,607, according to publicly available employment records.

Baltimore City School Police officers receive the same basic training as BPD and have the same police powers as any other officer in Maryland. A joint agreement between BPD and the school system gives BCSP officers jurisdiction throughout Baltimore City.

Baltimore Sun reporter Lillian Reed contributed to this article.