Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Prosecutors: Felon dressed in police gear tried to steal cigarette lighters


The following article appeared in the Chicago Tribune on January 16th

By William LeeContact Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Authorities said a Northwest Side man with 12 felony convictions claimed to be a Chicago police officer when security guards at a Walmart stopped him as he tried to leave the store with more than $90 in cigarette lighters tucked inside his coat.

Police said Cristobal Villarreal was inside a Walmart in the 4600 block of West Diversey Avenue around 2 p.m. Thursday when a cashier saw him stuff several packs of Bic lighters into his coat and walk past the last point of sale without paying for the items. 
Cristobal Villarreal
When three security guards approached him and asked whether he paid for the items, Villarreal — who was dressed in a Chicago Cubs cap, a Chicago police shirt and coat adorned with police patches and an empty blue bulletproof vest cover — told the men he was "the police" and kept walking, according to Cook County prosecutors and police.

Two of the guards then told Villarreal that they were also Chicago police officers working security at the store and all three guards tried to take him into custody after noticing several items concealed under his clothing, according to an arrest report.

The 57-year-old Villarreal insisted that he was a four-year member of the department, prosecutors told a judge Saturday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Villarreal, of the 2900 block of North Long Avenue, pulled away from the guards before they performed an emergency takedown and placed him in handcuffs. Police found 12 packs of lighters and at least two cans of baby formula, worth $93, the arrest report stated. The incident was captured on the store’s surveillance system.

He was later arrested and charged with false impersonation of a police officer and retail theft.

Judge Stephanie K. Miller released Villarreal on a personal recognizance bond, but gave him a curfew from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ed.  Second City Cop sums the story up with: "Twelve Felony CONVICTIONS along with something like forty misdemeanors, in a slapdash police uniform, claiming to be the police, and what's his bond?"

‘Judge Stephanie K. Miller released Villarreal on a personal recognizance bond, but gave him a curfew from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.’

"Boy, that curfew is sure going to deter this asshole."

And the SCC “Label” for the story: 'Un-F***ing Believable'

Yes, it’s at LEAST that. Does anyone really wonder why crime is out of control IN; while residents move out OF, Democrat-run s***holes in the United States?

Oh, by the way. 

Second City Cop offers a partial answer for the unending, Chicago crime spree.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
Linking to the Cook County Sheriff’s blog, SCC writes:

"Some recent headlines (that the mainstream media has barely covered, if at all):
  • Inmates attacking jail personnel
  • Fights inside the Markham Courthouse
  • A child rapist released on Electronic Monitoring, rearrested within hours when it was discovered there were multiple other victims
  • A missing EM subject who is currently taunting the Sheriff via social media"
"If the media covered even half of these stories, [Sheriff Tom] Dart wouldn't even be mounting a re-election campaign. Don't be shy about spreading the word about this site."

Ed.  As Editor of The Coach’s Team I’ve taken the opportunity on a number of occasions to recommend that our readers make the Second City Cop a daily read. No site on the web is more worth your time.

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