A former East St. Louis police officer has been indicted on charges of stealing a $1,000 Rolodex watch.
The indictment alleges that Larry Greenlee failed an integrity test after federal agents placed the watch, encircled with diamonds, in a vehicle which appeared to be an abandoned, stolen vehicle.
Audio and video surveillance was in place around the vehicle during the operation conducted on Sept. 17, 2010.
Greenlee responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle and then inventoried the contents of the vehicle prior to having the vehicle towed. The indictment further alleges that Greenlee stole the Rolex watch from the vehicle.
On Jan. 20, 2012, Greenlee was confronted by federal agents with respect to to the ongoing investigation. Greenlee admitted he stole the watch from the vehicle. He then retrived the Rolodex from the bedroom of his residence and surrendered the watch to agents.
"We have found a culture in East St. Louis of 'keep your mouth shut, don't tell anyone. Do your time. Come back and get a job'," said U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton.
If convicted, Greenlee would face up to 10 years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and 3 years' supervised release following any prison term.