Northbrook cop allegedly linked to other crimes, arrested in sting operation
Updated: March 1, 2013 8:43AM
NORTHBROOK — Enrique Guzman, the Northbrook patrol officer accused of taking jewelry from a home in the village, is to appear Friday at the Cook County Courthouse in Skokie.
Guzman became a suspect in several residential burglaries before falling victim to a sting set up by the Northbrook police and the FBI Jan. 30, according to information filed with the Cook County Clerk’s office.
Northbrook police began an internal investigation after they realized that several burglaries and arrests seemed allegedly to be linked to calls that Guzman answered, the report stated. The Northbrook police then asked the FBI to assist them in setting up a sting in a single-family residence.
The FBI concealed three video cameras in the home recording the front door, the kitchen and the master bedroom, the report said. Then, they set a jewelry box with various pieces of itemized jewelry in it on a bedroom dresser.
Guzman, 34, who lives in Chicago, on Jan. 30 was working the 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift as a tactical officer without a partner.
At 3:45 p.m., he was sent to investigate an “open door” at the single-family residence.
He arrived in minutes in a marked squad car wearing civilian clothing, but armed with his service weapon.
Guzman entered through the open front door and walked through the home. Upon entering the bedroom, he took a small box containing a fake diamond ring from the jewelry box and placed it in his pocket, according to the report.
He then resumed his duties, not knowing that his actions had been recorded.
However, a few hours later, Guzman was called to the Northbrook Village Hall, where he was interviewed by FBI agents, the report said.
During questioning and after having his rights read to him, Guzman allegedly admitted taking the ring to give to his girl friend, the report said.
He then gave the ring, which he still had in his pants pocket, to the agents. They identified it as one of the items they had planted, according to the report.
That is when Guzman, who was on the force 12 years, was arrested and charged with the felony offenses of armed violence (armed while committing a crime), residential burglary, and official misconduct based upon committing those offenses while acting in his official capacity as a sworn police officer.
Guzman appeared in bond court Jan. 31, where his bond was set at $30,000. Conditions of bond included turning in his firearms, FOID card and passport.
Guzman is to be put on electronic monitoring if he posts bond, but so far he remains in Cook County Jail.