Hello Orchs -
The recent posts on jewel thefts may refer to the case of William A.
Hanhardt, 71, former Chief of Detectives and Deputy Superintendent of
the Chicago Police Department, who was formally indicted within the
last two weeks. It is alleged that he masterminded a multi-state
operation which used police surveillance tools and police methods to
hunt unsuspecting jewelry salesmen and snitch their diamonds and
gold. According to the papers, the total haul is in the neighborhood
of $5 million, and the thefts happened between 84 - 94. Inside
was provided by a man who worked in his son’s suburban
jewelry store (I’m sure the son is overjoyed). For the full story go
to www.chicagotribune.com and search under “Hanhardt” or “jewel
theft.” It’s extremely creepy.