Three Teens Charged With Police Impersonation Ruse In DuPage County – CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) — Three young men have been charged after a 19-year-old allegedly impersonated a Winfield police officer earlier this week when he rang doorbells at homes in West Chicago, Winfield, and Wheaton.
Thomas Kozie, Luke Halstead, and Corey Abendroth, all 19, have been charged with false impersonation of a police officer, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.
Prosecutors said Kozie rang the doorbell of a home in West Chicago on Monday, wearing a suit and a fake police badge on his belt, and claimed to be Jeff Rushmore, an investigator with the Winfield Police Department, and was investigating a missing person report.
A short time later, he left the porch, and got into a car, where Halstead and Abendroth were waiting, and all three drove away. Later the same night, all three allegedly drove to other homes in West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield, where Kozie again rang doorbells, claiming to be a police office, while Abendroth and Halstead waited in the car.
Two of the incidents were caught on Ring home security videos, and the three men were later arrested.
Video captured by a Ring doorbell shows the person alleged to be Kozie wearing a badge on his belt and using some type of police scanner or scanner app on his cell phone.
At a bond hearing on Friday, Kozie’s bail was set at $35,000; Halstead’s was set at $20,000, and Abendroth’s was set at $7,500. All three were due back in court for separate arraignment hearings next month.