Reality Check: Illinois Police Officer Arrested As Allegedly Serial Burglar

549dba0cbb29b.preview-300When I was in Chicago this week for Christmas, Brian Barker, 41, was all over the news. The Edwardsville police officer is accused of being a serial burglar, including break ins while on duty. He seems wanting as a police officer but as a crook he is even worse. They found stolen items in his home and there is a security tape reportedly of him burglarizing one of the locations. The end came fittingly at the Reality Salon and Spa for Barker.

The security camera at the Reality Salon in Edwardsville allegedly shows Barker, in uniform and on duty, stealing $450 from the cash register there. He is also accused of burglarizing a house across the street from his own home.

Barker has been charged with a dozen counts of burglary, one count of residential burglary, and aggravated unlawful possession of stolen firearms. The last charge involves mainly stolen handguns.

If you are interested in hearing from the Chief of Police during most of Bedell’s service, he is not available. Chief James Bedell was indicted and sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in 2013 for embezzling $140,000 from the city.

Barker is facing a nightmare from a criminal defense standpoint. The police claim to have him on videotape and stolen items in his house. More importantly, committing crimes while on duty is one of the greatest aggravators that you can face in sentencing.

Source: STL Today

61 thoughts on “Reality Check: Illinois Police Officer Arrested As Allegedly Serial Burglar”

  1. ‘the chief is a good guy, I lived there’, really, are you related, stupid or just a mindless idiot. yeah, nubor and dickman ticket has done a wonderful job. I can’t even begin to imagine how much they was able to carry off. See,”,Mr.. I Lived there”.. when you are a crack dealer, you don’t surround yourself with dedicated law enforcement. No you get reprobated pos. The count of officers now removed by real law enforcement is about 8, Not to mention the ones they let just walk. Do the research., The EPD is up for the craphole of the decade award. And a special mention to the fire dept. good job, like the tire shop across the street, it burned to the ground. People, do the dam research and its not in the Edwardsville news paper, they hide it too…

  2. In Albany NY in the 1970’s conventional wisdom held that the police department was the city’s major source of crime. Especially burglaries. It’s not unusual.

  3. Darren…I’d agree. If charges are proven I’d want see consecutive, not concurrent sentences. Nothing is worse than a corrupt cop, bar nothing, and they should be held to a higher standard than the ordinary bloke. I’ve known a lot of police offers in my time and none but one meets the criteria of corrupt. One of my best friends was head of Internal Review, and what he found was sad at the best. However, it wasn’t among the police officers, it was among the city politicians. Others may have a different experience…but mine informs me. Our last mayor, before our reformation, is doing 28 years. in a federal pen…and he deserves every minute of it. It cost his mommy (famous her for her “ya’ allz boy” remarks during his last campaign) her job as a Congressperson, which is no loss to anyone in the city…she was a magnet for corruption herself. Now and then, an 85% black city figures it out and votes ….I repeat, votes…for better government. I truly hope it succeeds. Fact is, I am sure it will.

  4. And Arodog, your original comment at 9:42 AM, responded to MY general comment to no one in particular at 9:28AM. Perhaps you should take your OWN advice, below.

    on 1, December 30, 2014 at 12:49 amAridog

    “Or join those conversations that your are not part of otherwise. It is just too much fun.”
    Too funny.

  5. Aridog, hmmmm. I have a feeling I’ve seen this side of you before and I think I know why I’m seeing it again. Take care, or don’t, I don’t really care.

  6. Inga said …

    …or you can stop responding to me.

    I must admit, you are irresistible.

    Did I say you didn’t say that? Again your imagination overwhelms you.

    Try harder.

    But I know you won’t.

    You can’t.

    And no, I won’t quit responding to you so long as you invent circumstances that do not exist otherwise. Or join those conversations that your are not part of otherwise. It is just too much fun.

    BTW: you are notthe monitor of this board, however much you try to be.

    Are you now being “uncivil” to me?

    Unlike you, I won’t email anyone.

    But you go ahead…for my “antagonism” and all that….


  7. God lord Aridog, did I say Corpsmen weren’t some of the bravest people around? Aridog, on this blog we get to challenge one another. We get to comment on other’s comments not directed to any specifics person and even if directed to someone else. It’s a blog. It’s a comments section. And my comment about your ‘issue’ was perhaps uncivil, but I do wonder about what has crawled up your butt lately. The tone and tenor of your comments has changed, but hey maybe we are just beginning to see the real you. And I’ll give it a rest when I damn well see fit, or you can stop responding to me.

  8. Inga … I said: I am pretty sure you won’t, but do try.

    Fail. Love it when I am right. Not really. Nice shot about the drinking…and no, I am not. Was that an “uncivil remark”?

    You want to discuss my cancer and the results today? Sorry if I don’t respond if you do. You are no more concerned about me than I am about what we might find on Pluto. As I said earlier…give it a rest. You won’t but what the hey…

    I misrepresented nothing about your comment, which was in struggling response to one of mine earlier, not addressed to you or anyone in particular…which had nothing to do with or about you….other than in your imagination. Tell me what you want about what your military daughter might think, it still remains that I have never seen or met a Medic or Corpsman who was not the bravest of the brave. If you are lying in the mud, shot up or otherwise disabled, and either of them comes to your side, you’d understand.

    Try again.

    Or not.

  9. I only ask Aridog, because your personality in your comments has changed of late. I’m a bit concerned, because I was beginning to see your better side.

  10. Aridog,
    You tell me to “give it up” and “give it a rest”, then in the same breath deny being antagonistic? Oy! LOL, you cannot make this stuff up. I am merely correcting you misperception of my original comment. See it’s a discussion, first you talk, then I talk, then you talk, then….. Do you not discuss things, or perhaps you just make pronouncements and expect everyone to fall silent and agree with you? Are you drinking again?

  11. Inga…I’m not arguing with you. Give it up. You now imagine “antagonism” … what is next? Please, give it a rest. I am pretty sure you won’t, but do try. My last remark was to “Olly” and not you. You have a comment on that, speak up. Otherwise, have a nice remainder of the day.

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