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Former East Cleveland Police Officer to be Sentenced for Theft and Robbery

A former East Cleveland police officer is set to be sentenced in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for multiple counts of theft and robbery. Willie Sims, 32, pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery and one count of theft in office. Alongside him, former East Cleveland Police Officer Alfonzo Cole, 35, was also implicated in the crimes and recently received a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

The investigation into the officers' actions stemmed from a call made by former East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner. According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley, Sims and Cole engaged in theft and robbery while on duty between July 2020 and July 2021. Their illicit activities involved confiscating money, drugs, and firearms during traffic stops.

Cole, in particular, was found guilty of stealing a total of $14,781 and two firearms from six victims. As a result of his conviction, Cole was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and ordered to pay a $40,000 fine. It was further mandated that he reimburse the victims for their losses.

The sentencing of Willie Sims is scheduled for Thursday in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Sims, like Cole, is facing serious charges related to theft and robbery while serving as a police officer. This case serves as a reminder that law enforcement officers are not above the law and that those who betray their duty will face the consequences of their actions.

– Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
– Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

– Robbery: The act of taking someone's property by force or threat of force.
– Theft: The act of taking someone's property without their permission or legal right.