From hero cop to crook

Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was a hero in September when he was killed while on duty for an Illinois city on the Wisconsin border.

In the case of Gliniewicz, the story today is, again, how we don’t know what we think we know.

Gliniewicz was no hero. He was a thief of the worst order, stealing from a youth policing program, his former colleagues acknowledged today. He stole thousands of dollars that he used for personal purposes, including mortgage payments, travel and adult websites.

Then he killed himself, making it look as though he was gunned down in the line of duty, prompting a search for “two whites and a black man.” Think of how many people fit that description.

“This is the first time as a law enforcement officer…that I’ve felt ashamed by the acts of another police officer,” Lake County Major Crime Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko told a news conference this morning.

Here are some more of his victims.

Residents show their support outside the Fox Lake Police department as the manhunt continues for three suspects in the murder of a Fox Lake Police officer on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police are searching for a second day to locate three suspects in the killing. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Mourners hold a sign during a vigil at Lakefront Park to honor the memory of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Authorities broadened the hunt Wednesday for the suspects wanted in the fatal shooting. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) A mourner holds a sign during a vigil at Lakefront Park to honor the memory of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Authorities broadened the hunt Wednesday for the suspects wanted in the fatal shooting. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Supporters hold signs as police continue searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt) Officers salute as the family of slain Fox Lake police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz during a vigil at Lakefront Park to honor him, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Authorities broadened the hunt Wednesday for the suspects wanted in the fatal shooting. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) FOX LAKE, IL – SEPTEMBER 02: Police search in and around an apartment building near the defunct cement plant where Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was killed as they continue to follow leads into his murder on September 2, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. Gliniewicz, a Fox Lake police officer, was shot and killed yesterday during a foot chase with three suspects. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) FOX LAKE, IL – SEPTEMBER 01: Residents show their support as the manhunt continues for three suspects in the murder of a Fox Lake Police officer on September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found with a gunshot wound shortly after the department lost radio communication with him during a foot chase of three suspects. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)