66 fugitives caught in undercover sting

August 17, 2008 6:44:18 PM PDT
The Cook County Sheriff's Department used the offer of a tax stimulus check to arrest 66 fugitives in an undercover sting.Sheriff Tom Dart says letters were mailed to 5,000 people wanted for crimes such as failure to pay child support and driving under the influence. The letters indicted the recipients might be eligible for an additional stimulus check.

The offenders were asked to come to an office on South Archer to learn more, but after arriving, video provided by the sheriff's department shows the fugitives being arrested.

"The general reaction was shock, and [on] some level, humor. There was one guy in particular who commended us on this. He had apparently been involved in other stings and thought this was the best he'd ever been caught in," Dart said.

The sheriff also says one man even asked if he could use the stimulus check he thought he'd be receiving to pay for his bail.


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