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Ex-Northbrook cop pleads not guilty to stealing jewelry from home


Updated: March 19, 2013 1:36AM

A former Northbrook cop allegedly caught on video stealing jewelry from a home while on duty pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges of residential burglary and official misconduct.

Enrique Guzman, 34, was charged in January following a sting operation in which Northbrook Police and the FBI placed three video cameras in a local home, then dispatched Guzman there to check on reports that a door had been left open.

Guzman entered the home on Jan. 30 and allegedly stole a jewelry box containing a fake diamond ring that had been planted there by investigators, according to court documents.

Questioned by FBI agents hours later, Guzman allegedly told the investigators he had taken the ring to give as a present to his girlfriend. The ring was found in his pocket by investigators, according to court documents.

Guzman, who is free on bond, said little during the hearing, except to tell Judge Garritt Howard that he understood that he has to appear for every court hearing.

“Yes, I do, your honor,” said Guzman, a Chicago resident who resigned from the Northbrook department following his arrest.

Guzman’s attorney, Myron Goldstin, declined to comment on the charges.

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