It's been a rather interesting few days at the East St. Louis Police Department.
On Friday, following growing pressure for his resignation, Police Chief Michael Baxton quit.
Possibly the next day, someone used a key to open four locked offices. Acting Police Chief Lenzie Stewart told me a bullet-proof vest and laptop computer are missing. The laptop belongs to a detective. The items were discovered missing this morning.
Stewart called agents from the Illinois State Police and asked them to investigate a possible "unauthorized entry" and theft of police property.
There are very few people who had keys that could have opened all of the doors.
Initially, the investigation will focus on them.
It's clear that a bullet-proof vest would be a valuable tool for a violent criminal. It's also evident that a detective's personal computer might contain confidential information relating to criminal cases or personal records belonging to the detective or his family.
City Manager Robert Betts is downplaying the incident, but it reveals another disturbing weakness within the deeply troubled East St. Louis Police Department.