Thursday, November 1, 2012

Who ordered Steve's release?

Yesterday I wrote about a suspect, Steve (last name not being published, since his arrest was never completed), who was accused of having stolen a political sign in Algonquin.

The stolen sign was in Steve's vehicle. A deputy arrested Steve, cuffed him, put him in the squad car and headed for the McHenry County Jail from Algonquin. It's about 15 miles.

On the way to the Jail, the deputy gets told to take Steve to Investigations. Being a good, loyal, faithful, honest, order-following deputy, that's what he did. Once Steve was turned over to a detective, he was interviewed. Steve apparently wrote out a "voluntary written" statement. Then the detective drove Steve back to his vehicle in Algonquin. That's 15 miles.

Now, what's wrong with this picture?

How did someone at the McHenry County Sheriff's Department get the word so fast that Steve was being brought in? The deputy's report doesn't say whether Steve was allowed to call anyone; like, for example, his employee.

Did someone at MCSD recognize Steve's name?

Who at MCSD would have the authority to order a deputy to take a prisoner somewhere besides Intake at the jail? Why didn't the deputy take Steve to the jail first, book him in and then take him to Investigations? Seems like an important step got skipped...

And how was the order given to the deputy? His report doesn't say. Commonly, orders would be given to a deputy over the police radio, where a lot of people would hear it. Who might hear it? First of all, all the other deputies would hear it. And the media would hear it; certainly, someone at the Northwest Herald listens to a scanner.

Are there other means of communication with a deputy who is driving a prisoner to the jail?


Curious1 said...

How does Gus no for a fact a sign was stolen? Was he involved in the theft? Is Gus covering for a criminal ring of sign thieves? Was this an attempted sting operation gone bad? What of Bachmann's involvement? We deserve answers. Would a request for a special prosecutor be evidence that they are both guilty?

Ray said...

Political signs are so important. I can see why Gus is taking this very important stand, on this very important issue, twice, making it very important coverage, because the matter is so very very important.

Pursuing Prince Charming said...

Possession of stolen property is a crime, no matter what the property is. The deputy saw the sign in Steve's car and made a legitimate arrest. Most criminals on the way to jail do not have the luxury of clout, as someone here clearly did.

Ray said...

Wholly Crap, I am going to turn out to be right again!