It’s one thing to steal Monopoly money from the community bank during family game night. It’s a whole other thing to steal money from inmates in a county jail. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the latter was the case for 59-year-old Pamela Brown, a former employee of the Chicago Police Department who worked in the […]
It’s one thing to steal Monopoly money from the community bank during family game night. It’s a whole other thing to steal money from inmates in a county jail.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the latter was the case for 59-year-old Pamela Brown, a former employee of the Chicago Police Department who worked in the evidence department of Cook County Jail.
Brown was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing cash and other property that was collected from inmates in a police evidence storage area. A Cook County Jury found her guilty of two felony counts of official misconduct.
The woman was a 19-year employee of the police department before her termination. Her crimes weren’t discovered until a 2012 internal investigation revealed a reduction in her inventory records, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
When the internal investigation began to point towards Brown as the main suspect, the CPD Bureau of Internal Affairs set up a surveillance camera to catch her in the act.
The surveillance video caught Brown stealing multiple items, including foreign currency, jewelry, and a camcorder.
Surveillance cameras have become commonplace in all buildings, from police stations to grocery stores, in an effort to thwart rogue employees who steal from their employer.
“Today’s high resolution surveillance cameras provide businesses a way to protect their people and assets in a way that simply was not available with older analog camera technology,” says Dave Black, Project Director-Special Systems, Kidwell.
According to Patch.com, investigators reviewed the surveillance footage from the security camera system and developed a plan to catch Brown red-handed. They planted $200 in cash in the property storage of a new inmate, which Brown was responsible for reviewing and turning in to her supervisor.
She failed to turn the $200 in, and was arrested as she was leaving work in possession of the cash as well as a number of other goods stolen from evidence storage.
Cook County Judge Clayton Crane sentenced Brown to the two-year prison term on Sept. 2 during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.
In the immortal words of Monopoly mega-mogul Rich Uncle Pennybags: Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200 dollars. Go directly to jail.
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