A Birmingham police officer is behind bars after being charged with robbery and ethics violations.
T'Derek Luster, a 27-year-old from Birmingham, is suspected in two robbery investigations involving the same victim, according to Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams.
The first robbery happened on 51st Street between Terrace M and Court M around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13. The second robbery happened four days later in the same area at approximately 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 in the 5100 block of Terrace M.
The victim in the robberies gave police information about the suspect, including the fact that he was a Birmingham police officer. Sgt. Williams says Luster was off-duty when the robberies occurred.
Detectives found "additional evidence that supported the victim's claim" and helped them obtain warrants for Luster's arrest, Williams said.
In a news conference called for Thursday afternoon, police gave a few more details about the robberies. Officer can't say if Luster and the victim were acquainted or not. Cash was taken during the robberies, but police did not release the amount.
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said Luster did not use a weapon in the robberies, but being an officer implies force.
Chief Roper did not comment on whether or not any other officers are being investigated, but said the investigation is ongoing.
Before he was arrested, Luster resigned from the Birmingham Police Department.
"We are extremely disappointed by the actions of this former officer. As the leader of this department, I will not tolerate this illegal behavior by any of our personnel," Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
"I appreciate the fact that the victim recognized this illegal behavior would not be tolerated by the Birmingham Police Department, so he trusted us to investigate and bring this suspect to justice. I am thankful the vast majority of our personnel work diligently to make Birmingham a safer city but where there is crime and corruption, we will root it out regardless of where it leads," the police chief added.
Luster faces two first degree robbery charges and two ethics violation charges. Each charge has a $250,000 bond, bringing the total to $1 million. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail.
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