Normal police officer charged for theft, placed on administrative leave

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NORMAL, Ill. — An 18-year veteran from the Normal Police Department has been placed on administrative leave.

The leave comes after Brian Williams responded to a 9-1-1 call Monday for a possible drug overdose. Following that incident, the department was later notified that the resident was missing money after receiving Williams’s help.

Williams was tasked with checking the well-being of the person who potentially overdosed before they were ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene. A relative called the NPD later to report $12,000 missing from inside the home after officers left.

The NPD began a criminal and internal investigation into the alleged theft. During the preliminary stage, facts supported the decision to utilize assistance from the Illinois State Police.

Shortly after, the same relative claimed she started receiving anonymous calls from someone claiming they knew the location of the stolen money, and to drop the investigation and to quit speaking with the police to have the money returned. While she was with ISP, the relative received another call from the unknown number that said to meet at a gas station in Pontiac to get the money back.

According to court documents, ISP followed and recorded the woman during the event and officers noticed an individual driving around the gas station, parking, and entering and exiting his vehicle “in a suspicious manner.”

He eventually parked near a phone booth, got out of his car and placed a bag inside. The relative then got a call that the suspect left the money and was watching. Police then approached the suspect while he was still in his vehicle and took him into custody, where he was positively identified as Williams.

Williams was arrested on theft-related charges and will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation. His bond was set at $30,000 and his next court date is set for Dec. 20.

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