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Wheaton cop resigns over shoplifting charge

There are 29 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 19, 2007, titled Wheaton cop resigns over shoplifting charge. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A Wheaton police officer accused of stealing $85 worth of DVDs from a Naperville Costco has resigned.

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jan

Chicago, IL

#2 Oct 19, 2007
The article mentions that Officer Wilson applied for a court program that deals with mental illness treatment in lieu of detention...is this to stay out of jail, or does he in fact have mental illness issues? Either way, I don't think he's someone I'd want on my village's force...too much drama surrounding the police and alleged crimes, shootings, beatings, etc.
TOM SLICK

Chicago, IL

#3 Oct 19, 2007
I guess they don't pay the police enough money in wheaton. What, no jail time for this fine officer?
Jack Bauer

New York, NY

#4 Oct 19, 2007
"Lets destroy a "would be" great career over some inane DVD's ......... with just a little thought !"

Ah, dood, he's a cop...he stole from a store. I stole something when I was 16, got handcuffed, put in the back of a squad car and my parents had to come get me. This guys is a fully grown adult...oh, and a cop. A grown man, who's job it is to uphold the law, should not steal, and if he does, deserves to loose his job because he's a public servant.

I wonder how many Wheaton cops it takes to arrest one of their own? I got pulled over in Wheaton once, and 4 cops, yes, 4, all joined in. Overkill!!
JEFF

Hammond, IN

#5 Oct 19, 2007
I'm sure this was his first time stealing... First time he was caught that is...
Azabache

Carmel, IN

#6 Oct 19, 2007
Probably not the first thing he ever stole.
Lou

Chicago, IL

#7 Oct 19, 2007
Shop Lifting is a disease. Just like drinking is a disease. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and anyplace. To good people. To bad people.
Joe Citizen

Wood Dale, IL

#9 Oct 19, 2007
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Barb

Palatine, IL

#10 Oct 19, 2007
JEFF wrote:
I'm sure this was his first time stealing... First time he was caught that is...
It maybe his first time caught, but I would think being a police officer and taking an oath, you would be treated more harshly due to that oath you took.
taurus

Chicago, IL

#12 Oct 19, 2007
NO excuses. Like Azabache said, it was probably not the first time. The Gall! Then to use the excuse of mental illness to get out of jail? Yeah, he was mental to think he could get away with it. Ten years on the service meant NOTHING to him. What a waste.
JohnP

United States

#13 Oct 19, 2007
[QUOTE who="Jack Bauer I got pulled over in Wheaton once, and 4 cops, yes, 4, all joined in. Overkill!![/QUOTE] Must have been for a DWB!
Counselor

Cicero, IL

#14 Oct 19, 2007
Lou wrote:
Shop Lifting is a disease. Just like drinking is a disease. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and anyplace. To good people. To bad people.
You are correct. However, there are still consequences to our actions. Even though he is sick, he should still suffer the consequences, because most people with addictive/compulsive disorders do not seek help until they have a crisis. Lots of cops are addicted to pornography and s*e*x which helps to contribute to their high divorce rate. It does not get publicized however, but their personal lives suffer. The best thing to happen to this cop was getting caught. He can now start the process of rebuilding his life. He will develop into a better person with work.
Mike

Palatine, IL

#15 Oct 19, 2007
I hope you are kidding with the shop lifting is a disease nonsense. Unfortunately, this is more of the new American atitude that says you don't have to take responsibility for your actions- it is a disease, or someone else's fault, or society, etc.

Bottom line- cop cannot commit crimes- now mayors, govenors, or Strogers- that is a different story
Tam

United States

#16 Oct 19, 2007
Jack Bauer wrote:
"Lets destroy a "would be" great career over some inane DVD's ......... with just a little thought !"
Ah, dood, he's a cop...he stole from a store. I stole something when I was 16, got handcuffed, put in the back of a squad car and my parents had to come get me. This guys is a fully grown adult...oh, and a cop. A grown man, who's job it is to uphold the law, should not steal, and if he does, deserves to loose his job because he's a public servant.
I wonder how many Wheaton cops it takes to arrest one of their own? I got pulled over in Wheaton once, and 4 cops, yes, 4, all joined in. Overkill!!
.

You sound like "a fine upstanding member of society".

I'll bet that by now, you have your PhD.

Glad you're in New York..... Stay there.
HAHA

Cicero, IL

#17 Oct 19, 2007
Mike wrote:
I hope you are kidding with the shop lifting is a disease nonsense. Unfortunately, this is more of the new American atitude that says you don't have to take responsibility for your actions- it is a disease, or someone else's fault, or society, etc.
Bottom line- cop cannot commit crimes- now mayors, govenors, or Strogers- that is a different story
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Hmmm

Chicago, IL

#18 Oct 19, 2007
I wonder if the DVDs were Police Academy I through IV?
Azabache

Carmel, IN

#19 Oct 19, 2007
Hmmm wrote:
I wonder if the DVDs were Police Academy I through IV?
Naw! It was the episode of The Shield where they stole the money from the Armenians!
Randy

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Oct 19, 2007
Lou wrote:
Shop Lifting is a disease. Just like drinking is a disease. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and anyplace. To good people. To bad people.
Well, that's one disease that is grounds for termination at any employer.
Dan

AOL

#21 Oct 20, 2007
Oh come on. Mental Health Court for this guy? He is mentally ill because he stole 4 DVD's?

Listen, I know about the MIPAC program in DuPage and this cop is using this to avoid a conviction and nothing else. And this Judge actually ordered an assessment? That is a JOKE.

All too often, drug offenders or people like this police officer use this program to avoid prosecution by feigning some kind of mental illness. Most people in jail have some kind of mental illness, typically a lack of cognitive reasoning. This program is meant for those who have no ability what so ever to know right from wrong.

He knew right from wrong well enough to be named "Officer of the Year" last year.

Is it any coincidence the county seat for Du Page is located in Wheaton? What about the Wheaton police department? Why would they hire someone and allow him to roam the streets with a gun if he was so mentally ill as to qualify for this program. Are they guilty of putting all Wheaton residents in danger? Is he so mentally ill he can plead an insanity defense for stealing 4 DVD's? If so, then the chief of police of Wheaton needs to resign immediately.

This is simply a case where they are trying to protect "one of their own" and it's a horrible abuse of the justice system. There are plenty of people that need help. This guy is not one of them. He avoids conviction, he will simply end up somewhere else, carrying a gun and "enforcing" the laws.

This article was barely a foot note. You didn't even comment on the danger Wheaton and DuPage and this judge has put it's citizens in. Is the Tribune also part of the "old boys club"?

SHAME ON DU PAGE COUNTY, WHEATON AND THE JUDGE FOR EVEN CONSIDERING THIS.

Maybe the Sun-Times can run with the story as you surely don't have the best interest of the people of Du Page County in mind.
Dan

AOL

#22 Oct 20, 2007
flossmore wrote:
Lets destroy a "would be" great career over some inane DVD's ......... with just a little thought !
What..are you his Mommy or something?
Tina

United States

#23 Oct 20, 2007
flossmore wrote:
Lets destroy a "would be" great career over some inane DVD's ......... with just a little thought !
Sorry dude I worked 21 years in retail shoplifting is shoplifting no matter who you are!!One of the reasons for price increase is because of shoplifting!!! Who do you think pays for the stores lost at the end of the year? Also employees yearly raise is affected by shoplifting-------- Give that a little thought

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