Woodridge officials are asking the public’s help in locating an ex-police officer charged with stealing more than $30,000 intended for a group that helps survivors of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.
The ex-officer, Scott A. Webb, 39, of Romeoville, was indicted Tuesday by a DuPage County grand jury on two counts of theft between $10,000 and $100,000.
However, he has not surrendered to authorities, according to Woodridge police chief Steve Herron, who along with village president William Murphy issued a statement on the matter Friday.
“It is indeed a sad day when any member of the law enforcement community is charged with crimes against organizations that aim to provide aid and comfort to families of heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” according to the statement from Herron and Murphy.
“We are disappointed that families of fallen officers, and our community, have been victimized by alleged wrongdoing. That’s why we vigorously support efforts to prosecute the former officer for his alleged crimes,” Herron and Murphy said.
As a member of the Woodridge Police Association, Webb had helped organize a charity pub crawl that benefitted the Illinois chapter of Concerns Of Police Survivors, a peer support group for families of deceased law enforcement officers, state COPS president Craig Figgins said Friday.
Figgins said that the pub crawl generated about $15,000 a year, and Webb is suspected of diverting proceeds of the event last year and in 2009.
“Thirty thousand dollars is a big chunk of money in our budget,” he said.
The Woodridge Police Association began the fund-raiser in 2005, and over the first four years donated $47,000 to COPS, Figgins said. Traditionally, the pub crawl would take place in February, and the association would come to the COPS annual dinner later in the year bearing a check.
But that didn’t happen the last two years, Figgins said.
“It’s a pretty significant portion of our funding and our hope is that just because of one individual it doesn’t impact future donations,” he said.
Webb was placed on administrative leave in August, and he resigned in March, according to the village.
Anyone with information about Webb’s whereabouts is asked to call the DuPage County State's Attorney Office at 630-407-8000 or the Woodridge Police Department at 630-719-4740.