WBEZ | theft http://www.wbez.org/tags/theft Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Woman sentenced for group home thefts http://www.wbez.org/news/woman-sentenced-group-home-thefts-104877 <p><p>WHEATON, Ill. &mdash; A 40-month prison sentence has been handed a suburban Chicago woman who pleaded guilty to a charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person.</p><p>The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports Linda Cottrell of Justice admitted to stealing over a three-year span about $9,000 from four disabled men residing at Cupertino Home in Warrenville.</p><p>DuPage County Assistant State&#39;s Attorney Diane Michalak said Friday that Cottrell&#39;s job was to help the victims manage their finances. However, she used their ATM cards to drain their accounts and pay her own living expenses.</p><p>In sentencing Cottrell, Judge Kathryn Creswell called the woman&#39; conduct unconscionable.</p><p>Cupertino Home caters to men with developmental disabilities.</p></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/woman-sentenced-group-home-thefts-104877 Former East St. Louis cop admits on-the-job theft http://www.wbez.org/news/former-east-st-louis-cop-admits-job-theft-99650 <p><p>A former East St. Louis police officer faces up to six months in prison now that he&#39;s admitted stealing a Rolex watch that federal agents planted in what he believed to be a stolen car.</p><p>Forty-year-old Larry Greenlee of Belleville pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to theft of government property.</p><p>Authorities say Greenlee found the Rolex after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in September 2010. He didn&#39;t report it or turn it in.</p><p>Greenlee didn&#39;t know it was all an integrity test by federal agents, and that the car was rigged with hidden recording devices.</p><p>His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21.</p></p> Wed, 30 May 2012 09:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/former-east-st-louis-cop-admits-job-theft-99650 Police officer's gun allegedly stolen from O'Hare http://www.wbez.org/story/police-officers-gun-allegedly-stolen-ohare-95341 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-06/luggage O&#039;Hare_flickr_MV Janzen.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A baggage handler at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is accused of stealing a gun from a police officer's checked baggage.</p><p>Abdoulaye Barry of Chicago has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated concealment of a weapon, possession of ammunition without a valid firearms owner identification card and failure to possess such a card.</p><p>Chicago police say Barry was stopped Wednesday by officers who noticed him acting suspiciously as he walked along a street. Police say a gun was found in his pants pocket while he was being questioned, and a check of the gun's serial number determined an officer had reported it stolen.</p><p>Police say investigators believe Barry took the gun from luggage the officer checked for a flight he took earlier this week.</p></p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/police-officers-gun-allegedly-stolen-ohare-95341 Well, that happened: An iPhone theft averted http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-22/well-happened-iphone-theft-averted-89511 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-22/iPhone_Flickr_Hatmanu Florin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-22/iPhone_Flickr_Hatmanu Florin.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px; margin: 5px;" title="(Flickr/Hatmanu Florin)"></p><p>Pleasant "L" ride last night.</p><p>Until someone tried to rob me. Then it became less pleasant, but the AC was going, so I can't complain too much.</p><p>I was listening to my iPhone, it clearly visible to anyone. I know, I know, a mistake. The guy next to me was talking on his phone. It seemed like a nice model. Everything was going fine.</p><p>But as the train pulled into a stop, he suddenly grabbed my phone. Maybe his was out of juice? Maybe he was upset by my tongue-in-cheek <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-18/review-google-dumb-89306">Google+ "review?"</a></p><p>Anyway, I held on. I know, I know, another mistake.</p><p>But as he stood, so did I. We were then in the middle of the aisle, each grabbing one end of the tiny phone, me yelling my brains out.&nbsp;I wish I'd said something cool, like, "I'm just a fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass." Instead, I just screamed, "You're not taking my phone!" over and over again.</p><p>And then, as the door was about to close, he gave up and ran out. And I went back to my music.</p><p>Somehow, my finger got cut in the skirmish. Nothing big, but there was blood all over me. I looked, well, like Bruce Willis for a moment. Or at least I thought I did.</p><p>I won't be in the business here of printing past writings, but I can't resist here. My wife had her phone stolen a while back. Here's the open letter I wrote then (originally for Tribune Media Services, and it ran here in Chicago in <em>RedEye</em>.) I hope you enjoy.</p><p>Yippee-ki-yay . . .</p><p><strong>An Open Letter to the Gentleman Who Stole My Wife’s iPhone Out of Her Hands on the Train:</strong></p><p>Congratulations on your new iPhone! I just know you’re going to love it, as it’s a fantastic device with an easy-to-use interface and photos of my relatives. Heck, they’re now your relatives, too — we’re on the same family plan! That reminds me: It’s your turn this year to host Thanksgiving.</p><p>But back to your shiny new iPhone, because there are a number of things you should know to ensure it gives you so much enjoyment that you forget your shame.</p><p>For starters, it’s got plenty of room for music, but we weren’t sure what kind you liked. We were hoping Simon and Garfunkel, but if not, just sync that baby up to your PC and create your own mix. (If you don’t have a PC, they can be stolen from most homes.)</p><p>Also, we had the foresight to buy you the AppleCare protection plan, so your iPhone is covered for two years if anything goes wrong — with the exception of someone stealing it.</p><p>Speaking of which, AT&amp;T, I believe, has a policy that if you steal one of their phones, you’re locked into their service for five years. What can I say? The cell-phone companies will beat you every time at the crime game.</p><p>Now let me introduce you to the “App” store. My wife, in the one whole month she was using your phone, downloaded some great apps for you. The Facebook app, for example, works just like regular Facebook, and should allow you to easily join the Facebook Groups “iPhone Thieves” and “People Who Make Other People Cry.”</p><p>My wife also put a great app on there to help if you’re planning to redecorate your home, another if you’re looking to get into pilates, and another that helps locate the nearest pawn shop.</p><p>Unfortunately, my wife didn’t have her iPhone’s headphones out when the two of you met. And while other headphones will work with the phone, you really do want the real deal. So, if you plan on being back on the train anytime soon, perhaps we can work out a mutually convenient time when you can steal her headphones? She’d also bring the instruction manual.</p><p>Finally, just enjoy the iPhone! Use it to enhance your life, but don’t let it rule your life. Because if you’re too busy staring down at the iPhone, you’ll miss the world around you — a wondrous world full of loose-hanging purses, wallets stuffed in pants’ back pockets . . . and people like you.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 13:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-22/well-happened-iphone-theft-averted-89511