A Downers Grove police officer has found himself on the wrong side of the law.
Prosecutors allege that Randall J. Caudill was plotting to make a pretend traffic stop and then rob a drug dealer of almost $100,000.
Bail has been set at $200,000 on the charge of official misconduct. Caudill appeared in court this morning amid charges that he used his power to run license plates for his own personal purposes. He kept his head in his hands during the court hearing.
Caudill was allegedly collaborating with another “source” in his attempt to rob the drug dealer. The source was apparently angry that the drug dealer had stolen $30,000 from him.
Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas Erdman said that the plan was for Cuadill to pull over the drug dealer while wearing his uniform in his squad car. The source then would give Caudill a part of the money for his help.
The investigation about Caudill began in May and even involved the “source” that began to help undercover authorities. Caudill had met the source through his work as a security guard at a car dealership in Downers Grove.
Caudill was an 8 ½ year veteran of the Downers Grove Police Department. While he was arrested on Thursday, the details of his charges had not been released until this morning.
In a press release, DuPage County States Attorney Joe Birkett commended the work done by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office for their investigation and stressed that one rotten apple should not reflect on the whole batch.
"I would like to stress however, that these allegations are levied against an individual police officer and not an entire department. The Downers Grove Police Department is one of the finest in the state,” Birkett said.