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Indicted GPD detective faces judge

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A Greenville narcotics officer is accused of stealing more than $9,000 dollars from people's homes.

Rose Edmonds had her first appearance today. A grand jury indicted her Monday on two counts of breaking and entering, larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.

Edmonds quietly read a book as she waited for her first appearance. She was straight-faced as a judge told her, if convicted, she could face 12 ½ to 14 ½ years behind bars.

Greenville Police Chief, Hassan Aden, fired the 20-year police veteran in February for allegedly falsifying a departmental record, lying and gross negligence. She was a narcotics officer for 12 years.

"Most mistakes are genuine and involve people trying to do the right thing. This situation that we're dealing with today is different and involves a willful act that betrays the public's trust," said Chief Aden, at a press conference in February.

But little was known about what led up to the investigation until now. 9 on your side did some digging and found some answers.

The indictment says she broke into two separate apartments last October and stole a combined $9,100.

One of the apartments is at "Copper Beech" and the other is at "The Exchange." Both are student complexes.

One of the people Edmonds allegedly stole from has a long list of drug charges.

Neither of the victims were home Tuesday, but a neighbor at Copper Beech told 9 on your side he didn't know who to trust anymore.

"It's definitely crazy to hear that. We see them [police officers] driving around here all the time. I don't know if I should trust them now, just being around here, if they're going to be breaking into my house, if I should hide my things, hide my money," he said.

And at the same February press conference, Chief Aden made it clear trust is everything.

"We are accountable. And we will take whatever steps necessary to maintain the public trust. If we don't have that public trust, we're finished," he said.

The SBI and Attorney General's office are handling this case. Edmonds is currently out on a $25,000 unsecured bond. Her next court date is June 6th.

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A grand jury indicted Rose Edmonds Monday. She's charged with breaking and entering, larceny, and obtaining property by false pretense.

Edmonds went before a judge in superior court Tuesday. The judge told her she could get 25 to 29 months for each count.

The case has been turned over to the SBI. Representatives with the agency wouldn't comment on the investigation.

But the indictment says Edmonds broke into two apartments last October.

One of the apartments is in Copper Beech, the other is at The Exchange. Both of them are student apartment complexes.

One of the people Edmonds allegedly stole from has a long list of drug charges.

Back in February, Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden fired Edmonds for "serious policy violation and criminal misconduct."

Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 6.

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