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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 11, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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CIVIL SERVICE INQUIRY INTO CONNECTION
BETWEEN POLICE AND CRIME TO BEGIN
are nothing more than professional
fences but are paid to look the other
way.
The city civil service is preparing
the sternest inquiry of the police de
partment of Chicago in the history
of the city.
This was the news received at the
criminal court today while State's
Attorney Hoyne was in the middle of
his pfope into the combine between
police and crooks.
. Evidence obtained by Hoyne that
certain police officials and ordinary
officers were in collusion with graft
ers will be used as a basis for the
civil service Inquiry.
None of the civil service commis
sioners would say when the inquiry
will begin, but it is understood that
it is now only a matter of a few days.
Lieut. Tobin surrendered today on
the new indictment. He will obtain
bonds this afternoon. Bill Egan also
gave bonds signed by Louis Prank,
who played a prominent part In the
west side police shakeup in which of
ficers of the Desplaines street sta
tion were involved.
Isaac Tecotzky, now in the county
jail, who confessed a few days ago
to Hoyne, today added to his con
fession by declaring that he was a
member of a "burglary trust" that
operated in Chicago under protec
tion. Tecotzky says he was one of the
leaders of the gang, which was di
vided into four sets, each set cover
ing part of the city.
The goods that were taken in the
burglaries were shipped down to St.
Louis for disposal.
Next in line to come under State's
Attorney Hoyne's searchlight will be
pawnbrokers who are making big
profits from the proceeds of crime.
The prosecutor Is now working on
information that many pawnbrokers
are in direct collusion with burglars
and take from the criminals all jew
elry gotten as loot.
Hoyne also says that many police-
men isaow-that "certain pawnbrokers i
Hoyne issued the following state
ment last night:
"We have evidence that certain de
tectives have been working this game
in collusion with pawnbroker fences
and 'splitting' on the proceeds
"The paying of pawnbrokers to
give up stolen property in their pos
session only perpetuates the system
that makes the theft of valuables pos
sible. "Thieves don't steal diamond stick
pins to wear or automobile tires to
use on their machines. They steal
such articles of value because there
is a ready market where they can
get cash for them.
"Pawnbrokers have been reaping
the big profit of this market for years.
They will continue to do so as long
as they are guaranted against any
toss by police connivance that makes
the victim of a robbery buy his prop
erty back after it has been stolen
from him."
The following charges in indict
ments were returned yesterday:
Lieut. John H. Tobin accepted $100
bribe on Jan. 1, 1913, which was part
of $15,000 gained by protected con
men in swindle of Mrs. Hope L. Mc
Eldowney. Lieut. Tobin accented $100 bribe on
Feb. 1, 1913, which was part of $li,
000 gained by protected con men in
the swindle of Mrs. Mary Happ.
Former Detective Walter O'Brien
accepted bribe of $1,000 on Oct. 29,
1912, which was part of $20,000 ob
tained by protected con men in the
swindle of Dr. William T. Kirby,
banker.
Former Detective O'Brien accepted
a $300 bribe on Feb. 1, which was
part of $11,000 obtained by protected
con men in swindle of Mrs. Mary
Rapp.
Detective Sergeant WMam Egag
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