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This April 1865 image provided by the Library of Congress shows Federal troops in front of the Appomattox Court House near the time of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, in Appomattox, Va.  (AP Photo/Library of Congress, Timothy H. O'Sullivan)
This April 1865 image provided by the Library of Congress shows Federal troops in front of the Appomattox Court House near the time of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, in Appomattox, Va. (AP Photo/Library of Congress, Timothy H. O'Sullivan)

Md. police sergeant charged with stealing Civil War records

CROFTON — A former Maryland police sergeant has been charged with stealing Civil War documents from his father-in-law, a descendant of a staff aide to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Charging documents in federal court say Richard Malcolm took about a fourth of his father-in-law’s Civil War documents, appraised at $500,000 in 2012. The court records, obtained Thursday, say Malcolm tried to sell the stolen documents to a collector in White Plains, New York, for $125,000.

Charging documents say the suspicious collector contacted an archives company, which later contacted Malcolm’s father-in-law.

Malcolm is charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and attempted wire fraud. His attorney didn’t return a call for comment on the charges.

Malcolm, a 20-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department, resigned Tuesday.