Someone ransacked Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson’s police-issued unmarked black Chevrolet Tahoe. The crime occurred between Friday night and Saturday morning while it was parked outside his home in the Bridgeport neighborhood, reported Chicago Sun-Times. However, nothing was taken, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Sunday.
Apparently the vehicle was not actually broken into, a door was accidentally left unlocked, Guglielmi said.
Johnson’s security detail dropped him off at his home Friday evening and parked the SUV they use to shuttle the superintendent around town in front of his house before getting into their personal vehicles and heading home, Guglielmi said.
But when security detail officers arrived at Johnson’s home about 9 a.m. Saturday morning they noticed the contents of the vehicle were in disarray and strewn about.
“But nothing was taken, and there was no damage to the car,” Guglielmi said.
Officers had locked the car the night before but apparently one of the doors, for some reason, didn’t lock, he said.
“We don’t know if one of the doors malfunctioned or something was blocking it,” Guglielmi said. “We don’t believe whoever did this knew it was a police vehicle.”
“Sometimes you get kids trolling through vehicles, but nothing in the vehicle, quite frankly, was of any value.”
“We’re going to take this as a learning lesson,” Guglielmi said. “Everyone should lock their doors. These things can happen to anyone.”
Guglielmi confirmed there were no weapons, computers or police badges in the vehicle.
“There was paperwork that said ‘Chicago Police,’ but nothing confidential,” said Guglielmi, noting that it’s possible the trespasser bailed after seeing a “Chicago Police” parking placard.
Guglielmi was unaware of any surveillance cameras that may have captured footage of the incident.
“There’s always a (police) vehicle left at his residence in the event of an emergency in case he has to respond,” Guglielmi said.
Police officers canvassed the area, but no other cars had been disturbed. Although no items were taken, the suspect could be charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle, Guglielmi said.