Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Fourteenth District Follies

So we are assuming that a number of people have heard or read about the jackasses who were pulling over motorists talking on their cell phones and advising them that they could either be fined large dollar amounts or pay them $100 bucks to avoid the tickets. They were eventually apprehended and face numerous charges. HOWEVER...

Has anyone heard about HOW they were pulling over people? In a marked car? A marked car not reported missing from the 014th District for TWO DAYS? Oh me oh my, what a story this is. Seems a 014 District traffic guy stopped at Lazo's at Western and Armitage for a bite to eat and left the keys in the car. The car disappeared. So did our intrepid officer report it missing so there could be a citywide flash message? Oh no, that would make sense. He called a buddy and the two of them searched for the remainder of the shift to no avail. Did he THEN report the car missing, so maybe the next watch could look for it and a flash message could be sent? OH NO. He checked off and went home, never told a soul. He even showed up the next day and checked out a different car while the missing car was making traffic stops and robbing citizens! The mopes were eventually caught and the vehicle recovered. (One citizen managed to get the car number when she flagged it down, changed her mind when the guys were not dressed in uniform and she just felt it was "odd," and called 911 to report it.) A check of the vehicle revealed it to be assigned to the 014th District so the desk was called. 014 disavowed any knowledge of a missing car until they actually checked the lot. It was then the theft was discovered. So did our multi-year veteran traffic man 'fess up to the mistake yet? Oh no, he denied any knowledge of the missing car. Said they must have stolen it from the lot. This didn't explain the keys they had, but hey, in for a penny, in for a pound we guess. During interviews, the arrestees admitted to taking the car and even telling the detectives where and when they stole it. Officer Knucklehead's story promptly fell apart at this point.

Really, we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Anyone care to confirm or add to it?


Blogger sharky said...

Yes, that's the story. That also is the reason why Watch Commanders citywide are now going to be held responsible for checking to see that every car assigned to the district is accounted for, and a statement to that effect must now appear on the Watch Commanders Log. Teletype came out 2 days ago from Chief Maurer on this.

7/19/2005 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As soon as the right campaign contribution is made, we will be getting GPS monitors on our cars.

7/20/2005 02:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CTA special cars already have them installed on the trunks, but not activated.

7/20/2005 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't the first time that idiot has pulled a stunt like this...two tact guys took 10 days for helping this guy out after he took a guys car as "collateral" for a local business until he paid them. Also tanked a homicide investigation in which a close relative was the only viable witness. Dope related of course. Hope he gets fired but I am sure our glorious union will fight tooth and nail for this guy.

7/22/2005 03:53:00 PM  

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