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Northbrook Officer Charged With Burglary While On Duty

Police Officer Enrique Guzman was arrested by members of the Northbrook Police Department and members of the FBI following a five-month investigation.

Update Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Enrique Guzman is on unpaid administrative leave from the Northbrook Police Department, the Village of Northbrook just announced. 

His official title at the police department is Patrol Officer. 

Original Story

A Northbrook police officer has been charged with stealing jewelry while on duty, according to a Village of Northbrook press release.

Enrique Guzman, 34, a 12-year veteran of the Northbrook Police Department, was charged with "felony offences of armed violence (armed while committing a crime), residential burglary, and official misconduct based upon knowingly committing those offenses while acting in his official capacity as a sworn Police Officer of the Northbrook Police Department," the release says.

Police and FBI have accused Guzman of stealing jewelry while on duty and responding to a report of an open door at a Northbrook residence, the release says.

He was arrested on Wednesday by Northbrook Police and members of the FBI after a five-month investigation of his reported crimes, the release says.

Guzman appeared in bond court at the Second District Skokie Courthouse on Thursday, where his bond was set at $30,000.00, according to the release. Conditions of bond included turning in firearms, his FOID card and passport, and he will be put on electronic monitoring if he posts bond, the release says.

His next court date was set for Feb. 22, according to the release.

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Dave Rudnick January 31, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Unbelievable.
Jim Reynolds January 31, 2013 at 11:23 PM
A sad day, I'm sure, for all of the outstanding officers and support personnel at the Northbrook Police Department. They are a fine Department. Keep your heads high ... this act and this officer, who apparently betrayed his sworn duty and trust, disgraced himself, not his fellow officers or the Department's leadership. Best wishes to all, Jim Reynolds
Deb February 01, 2013 at 08:19 AM
You should post his photo.
Stan Golovchuk (Editor) February 02, 2013 at 12:48 AM
His photo went up this afternoon as soon as I got it.
john February 02, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Stan you make me sick, did you ever think he's already in the worst condition he can be, why post his picture knowing he has a family and kids. But let me guess your doing your job. This man made a mistake, we are all capable of mistakes, I'm sure if we ran a history check on you we would find skeletons you are not proud of! Next time do your job write the story don't worry about how he looks. You now jeopardized his safety without considering he has children who know that criminals will be surrounding him. Good job!
Silvio Dante February 02, 2013 at 10:30 PM
John, Officer Guzman should have thought about his family and kids before he started stealing from the families of others. There is zero justification for his actions and I am glad the FBI and NPD caught him on camera. I guess its okay to publish names and pictures of regular folks who commit crimes but not when police commit crimes. John, I see your frustration but all is fair when you are caught with the goods in your pocket and you are a trusted public officer/servant. I truly hope these charges are not true, yet, most likely this is not the first time the suspect has committed such a crime. I feel quite bad for the rest of the PD, and the commanding officers, as this guy does not represent the hard work they do everyday to keep the streets safe. I will continue to support the police in my area and hope that justice is served for this particular officer who allegedly had sticky fingers. Again, if it is okay to publish a photo of a public official accused of a DUI, or domestic, it is okay to publish a photo of a police officer who stole on numerous occasions from the citizens he was employed to serve. Stan has my full support and no doubt the support of the entire community on this one.
Julie February 03, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Frank, Thank you for your post and your perspective. I couldn't agree more. I am a member of the Northbrook community who has been the victim of a home burgulary. Valuable things were taken from me. Things that can never be replaced with any amount of money. Officer Guzman knew better. He disgraced Police officers everywhere and his family. HE did that and he deserves everything that goes with that.
Stan Golovchuk (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Thanks for your comment, John. Our policy is to provide relevant information for readers and community members, and that includes others who might be affected by Enrique Guzman's alleged crimes. A reader might recognize the man in this photo and bring new evidence to light, positive or negative. Here at Patch, we are careful about the sensitive information we post in articles, and though we're not immune from mistakes, in this case there was a greater good in providing our readers with as much information about the man as possible, and his photo is relevant information.
Silvio Dante February 04, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Totally agree Julie. Sorry to hear about your loss. Nothing is worse in life than a thief. A thief with a badge is a difficult thing for all in the community to comprehend. In any organization, you will have a bad apple. Hopefully, people understand this was the work of one person, not the entire force. I really feel bad for the rest of the men and women who protect us everyday. They trusted Ofc. Guzman as much as we did. It's been a rough year for Northbrook and the police department. Moral has been down for a while and this does not help. I was glad to see the cooperation of the FBI and the PD in obtaining the evidence needed to take Ofc. Guzman off the streets. It bothers me that the leadership of Northbrook have been silent on this matter. Some reassuring messages should have been relayed to the residents. I guess we are expecting too much.
mr. piggy pig February 05, 2013 at 07:37 AM
all it depends on fbi is how they set him up. proably thinking was a drug dealers house.???????????? fbi will set any body up. they dont care only for themselves.
Silvio Dante February 05, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Who cares who the house belonged to. In fact, I know many Northbrook residents, including myself, who would volunteer their homes for such an operation knowing that a police officer was stealing from the community. The suspect is the one who only cares for himself. The FBI and PD should be appreciated for gaining the evidence necessary to send this police officer to jail. We can only speculate that this officer stole a great amount of items from residents over his career. If not, there would be no need for such an investigation. Kudos to the team who brought him to justice.
Kate kot February 18, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Yes, he stole from me. But I couldn't prove it and I know that there are more victims like me.
Eric D April 01, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Good. This dude said I was fucked with a drinking ticket and now look at his sorry ass.

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