Md. sergeant charged with stealing Civil War documents, accused of trying to sell them

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.