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Police say Sauk Village man was posing as federal Homeland Security agent

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Updated: March 15, 2013 8:25PM



CRETE — Police say a man tried passing himself off as a federal agent to local officers Wednesday.

Chief James Paoletti said Verlonzo J. Turks, 38, was filling up around 4:30 p.m. at Shell, 1400 E. Steger Road, when an off-duty Sauk Village officer pulled in at the next pump.

“Turks’ Ford Crown Victoria was tricked out like a squad car with emergency lights, a mounted computer and dashboard camera,” Paoletti said.

Turks was reportedly wearing cargo pants, a bulletproof vest and police-style shirt, but had no patches, so the officer asked what department he was with.

Paoletti said Turks claimed he was a federal agent with the Department of Homeland Security, but the officer grew suspicious after noticing his 2001 car was “pretty beat up for a government vehicle.” The off-duty officer called Crete police who stopped Turks in the parking lot at Bloom Trail High School and asked for his identification.

“He again said he was with Homeland Security and produced credentials, which were counterfeit,” Paoletti said.

Some computer checks also showed Turks has represented himself as an agent to law enforcement in Indianapolis and Kansas City. Turks’ car was impounded and contained other phony I.D.’s, Paoletti said.

Turks was charged with impersonating a police officer and booked into the county jail where he is being held on $30,000 bond.

Turks also reportedly had a loaded Glock handgun when he was arrested. Paoletti said Turks does have a valid concealed carry permit from Indiana, but this incident could change that status. Will County jail records list Turks address as 1822 E. 222nd St. in Sauk Village.

Police were also notified federal authorities will be conducting their own investigation of Turks’ alleged activity, Paoletti said.



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