Niles cop charged with stealing from deceased victim

February 4, 2010 10:51:33 AM PST
A north suburban police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing money from a man who had been found dead in his room at a YMCA in Niles, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said in a press release.Officer William Christie, 48, was charged with theft and official misconduct. Christie allegedly surrendered to authorities. His bond was set at $50,000.

According to prosecutors, Christie committed the theft in November of 2009 after responding to a call that a YMCA resident had died in his room. Before leaving the scene, Christie allegedly sealed the room and told staff that no one was allowed in the room. Authorities say over the next several days, Christie attempted to access the room several times, raising the suspicions of the staff.

Investigators say they found more than $2,000 in cash and coins in the room. Surveillance cameras allegedly recorded Christie entering and stealing the victim's cash by loading it into a cardboard box.

Police say the day after the recorded theft, a deposit of about $500 was made to the officer's credit union account. On that day, the officer was allegedly videotaped walking into the credit union with a similar cardboard box. According to investigators, Christie stole approximately $1,700 in total.

Authorities also say Christie contacted the victim's out-of-state sister and offered to clean out the YMCA room. He then allegedly sent her $274, saying it was the total sum of money found in that room.