CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOV) – Police are investigating after allegations that former Cahokia Mayor Frank Bergman raided and ransacked city hall before he left office.
A police report was filed on May 4, 2011, the day the new mayor, Gary Cornwell, took office. He says he found his office destroyed upon arrival. Missing items include a desktop computer, laptop computer, security cameras, a police radio and a wrecked SUV.
“The major bulk of this is a misunderstanding,” says Bergman.
Since the police report was filed, Bergman has returned everything, and says he will return one last computer. As for why this happened, he says his last day in office as mayor was a confusing one.
"I had no time, I mean no time,” says Bergman. “Literally I had three hours. I had no help as far as people that were familiar with the village.”
Cahokia’s new mayor says he’s not interested in a witch hunt on the former mayor, and so far police have been patient with Bergman.
“Taking city property is against the law,” says Cahokia Police Chief James Jones. “But being the past mayor, he has a certain time to get the stuff back.”
Bergman has one week to return the last computer. He now serves as human services director for St. Clair County.