(KMOV.com) – An Edwardsville police officer who authorities believe is behind at least 12 burglaries is now accused of arson and money laundering.
Brian Barker, 41, is charged with arson, money laundering, and also faces new burglary charges. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons alleges Barker broke into an office building in the 100 block of South Pointe Drive, burglarized several offices in the building, and started a fire that caused damage to several businesses inside the building.
Barker is also accused of breaking into a business on Center Grove Road and burglarizing the Edwardsville Township Building. Barker has been charged with money laundering for allegedly trying to sell stolen car parts and electronics both on Craigslist and in person.
Barker was already charged with 12 counts of burglary for a string of break-ins that took place over a two-year period.
A dispatcher for the Edwardsville Police Department has been charged for allegedly lying to investigators about Barker.
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – An Edwardsville police officer is facing charges after allegedly being responsible for 12 burglaries that occurred between May of 2012 and Sunday.
"My first reaction is that I'm shocked," said Rusty Dye, an Edwardsville resident.
Brian Barker, 41, an almost twenty year veteran of the police force, has been charged with 12 counts of burglary, one count of official misconduct and one of possession of stolen firearms.
"The allegations in these charges are disgusting," Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons said.
Barker was originally charged with a single count of burglary and one count of official misconduct after a December 21 break-in at Reality Salon and Spa. Gibbons said the owner of the salon called 911 and evidence allegedly implicated Barker in the burglary.
"If someone is violating the law, they will be held accountable," Gibbons said. "No one is above the law, including a police officer."
Following Barker's arrests and a search of his home, he was charged with a total of 12 burglaries. The other charges included 10 unsolved burglaries that occurred over a two-year-period. Police also say they found seven stolen guns.
"We're going to leave no stone unturned," Gibbons said. "The sheriff's office has done an excellent job and very thorough and they haven't stopped."
Documents show Barker's burglaries began with a break-in at Edison's Entertainment in May, 2012, followed by a home burglary and burglaries of other businesses in and around Edwardsville.
"To be honest, it's very, very scary to have somebody in a police uniform that is supposed to be here to protect us doing the crimes against us," said Brian King, a store-owner in Edwardsville, whose business was not hit.
The official misconduct charge is due to Barker allegedly committing the salon burglary while in uniform. The other alleged burglaries were occurred while Barker was off-duty.