Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 10, 2013

1-man Illinois police department robbed

Associated Press


ESSEX (AP) — The one-man police department in the town of Essex in northern Illinois has been robbed.

The village's only officer, Police Chief Timothy McGrath, called the Kankakee County sheriff's office to report the thefts. The Daily Journal in Kankakee reports ( that the sheriff's office has since turned the investigation back to McGrath.

Police radios, chargers, two police jackets and a fax machine were stolen from the Essex Police Department on Friday. So far no arrests have been made but McGrath says he has two possible suspects. According to a police report someone used a rock to break a window and enter the department. The town's mayor discovered the break-in and reported it to McGrath.

Essex is a village of about 800 residents about 65 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.