(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — The Illinois cop who killed himself following years of “extensive criminal acts” allegedly discussed putting a “hit” out on a local official using a member of a motorcycle gang, a law enforcement official told ABC News.
Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz — who died by a “carefully staged suicide” in September that sparked a massive manhunt for his killers — is accused of committing seven years of crimes, including stealing and laundering money from the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post, which helps youth who are interested in careers in law enforcement.
In April 2015, Gliniewicz reached out to a woman via text to help him contact a “high ranking” member of a motorcycle gang, Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christopher Covelli told ABC News Thursday. Investigators spoke to the gang leader, who denied talking to Gliniewicz, said Covelli.
According to officials, Gliniewicz’s text said: “being forced to retire by new village administrator Work life has ben a living HELL the last 2 months”.
Investigators traced this text to the woman, who told them that Gliniewicz indicated in a conversation later that he wanted to enlist the gang member in an effort to put a “hit” on Fox Lake village administrator Anne Marrin, said Covelli.
The identity of the woman mentioned in the text and her legal status were not clear.
Marrin told reporters Thursday she found the discussions of a hit “very unsettling.”
“My concern is my family,” she said. “It’s quite unbelievable and almost surreal.”
Marrin said she and Gliniewicz had very little interaction but most were “pleasant.”
Gliniewicz emailed her the morning he killed himself, she said, promising to send invoices and inventory related to the Explorers post that she had requested the previous day. The email from Gliniewicz that morning promised he would give her the information by noon or 1 p.m. at the latest, Marrin said.
Marrin said Thursday she does not feel she’s still in danger.
“I have been tasked to do a job,” Marrin said. “And I have to see this through.”
In a text he sent in March 2015, released by Lake County officials Wednesday, Gliniewicz wrote: “I’m having a great deal of problems with our new village administrator …. we have a new village administrator that is a power monger and is trying to control everything in the village. we are all looking at our pd retirement options and i need to move the post out of that span of control at least till this person’s contract is up.”
From Gliniewicz’s text messages, investigators said they believed he was feeling pressure with new management in the Village of Fox Lake, Lake County officials said Wednesday. According to officials, the Village of Fox Lake had begun conducting an internal audit of its assets, which would have eventually led to the discovery of the officer’s alleged criminal actions.
Officials said that thousands of dollars that the lieutenant allegedly stole were used for personal purchases, including adult websites, mortgage payments, travel expenses and a gym membership.
Gliniewicz, who spent more than 30 years with the police department, was also accused of forging signatures and official documents, officials said. Details were not clear.
A statement Wednesday from the attorneys for the Gliniewicz family said: “Today has been another day of deep sorrow for the Gliniewicz family. The family has cooperated with the Task Force’s investigation and will not comment at this time. The Gliniewicz family requests that their privacy be respected as they continue to cope with the loss of the beloved husband and father.”
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