Man Caught On Tape Stealing Police Camera

Updated: 11/22/10 2:59 p.m.

CHICAGO (STMW) – A Little Village neighborhood man has reportedly received the dubious distinction of being the first person to ever steal an outdoor police surveillance camera.

Unfortunately for him, the crime was captured on the very item he allegedly took, Chicago Police said.

Geo Martinez, 19, of the 2400 block of South Spaulding Avenue, was charged Sunday afternoon with felony theft and misdemeanor reckless conduct, police said. The camera is worth about $8,000.

On Monday, Martinez was ordered held on $40,000 and a preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 29, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

On Nov. 18, police were dispatched to fix the camera at 3258 W. 23rd St., but found that it had been stolen, according to a police report. Authorities learned it had been taken on Nov. 8 and police were able to retrieve video footage, which allegedly included images of Martinez during the theft, the report said.

Officers identified Martinez through the pictures and he was arrested during a gang disturbance at 3300 W. 25th St. Saturday, police said.

A law enforcement source said it is believed to be the first time anyone stole a police observation camera.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • the truth

    The first one to steal a police observation camera?!?! Weeeellll Mr Mayor, tell him what he’s won!!! An all expense paid trip to the city slammer you say. Congrasulations, you da man!!

  • Jannise Childs-Rowe

    WOW!!! They just cannot make this stuff up.

  • Derek

    It took 10 days to notice it was GONE WQW

    • Ratsaurus

      My thought exactly Derek.
      $8,000 seems a little steep for a camera too. Must be taxpayer funded.

  • Cadillac_Captain

    This may be the first camera used to solve a crime as well.
    The last I had heard, the chicago cameras had yet to solve any crimes.

    An Ironic Twist

  • Blaggo

    Lemme get this straight, the criminal steals the camera while being recorded on it. The city takes 10 days to notice the camera’s gone, then they send the police to fix the camera? Police fix cameras now? Anyway, then they bond him at 4K when the cameras worth 8K. Yea, that’ll deter someone from doing it again. WOW

  • DumbMexican

    At least cover up your face when doing it.


  • T Miller

    If he will steal a police camera; he will steal anything. Lock him up!

  • Bob Hamilton

    They should just leave the jail doors open so these guys can just walk in on their own like Otis used to do on the Andy Griffith show. It would be easier on everyone.

  • miffy

    Hahahahaaa I know him…..he won’t just steal anything… he’s a cool guy.

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