CHICAGO (AP) -- Five men, including two retired Chicago police
sergeants, have been charged with plotting to steal drugs and cash
from drug dealers over the past decade.
The federal grand jury indictment was unsealed Tuesday, one day
after the arrest in Las Vegas of Larry Hargrove, 57, who retired as
a sergeant in March 2000 after 31 years.
Also indicted were Eddie C. Hicks, 52, a retired sergeant with
30 years on the force; Lawrence W. Knitter, 42, a former police
motor pool mechanic; and Matthew L. Moran, 56, a former civilian
A fifth man who was also indicted - Albert M. Fontana, 45 -
never worked for the police department.
The indictment charges that Hargrove, Hicks, Moran and Knitter
plotted to get cash, narcotics and other property from drug dealers
through robbery, extortion and theft.
Fontana was indicted on drug distribution and attempted
Hicks, Moran and Knitter were arrested Feb. 1 after they
allegedly tried to steal cocaine from what they thought were two
drug dealers' apartments. They were caught during the attempted
theft in an undercover sting operation executed by the FBI,
according to the indictment.
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The indictment quoted an unnamed witness as saying the men were
part of a "rip-off crew" that got search warrants and raided the
apartments of drug dealers, grabbing cash and narcotics but not