Cop Accused of Stealing Civil War Docs

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A former Howard County police officer couldn’t resist the allure of history.

Richard Malcolm is accused of stealing Civil War documents from his father-in-law in 2012, according to the AP. The father-in-law is a descendant of a staff aide to former general (and later President) Ulysses S. Grant.

Malcolm didn’t just want the docs for posterity. He tried to sell them to a collector in White Plains for $125,000. But the collector sensed something was up, and contacted an archives company. The documents were appraised at $500,00, so they probably figured the bargain was too good to be true.

Malcolm resigned from the Howard County police force earlier this week.

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