Deputy who did Cook County evictions charged with theft
May 9, 2012

CHICAGO - After years of complaints, a Cook County sheriff's deputy has been charged with federal theft charges for stealing from a home during an eviction.

Samuel Spino of Melrose Park was arrested Tuesday. He appeared before a federal judge and later released on a $4,500 recognizance bond.

According to court documents, residents often complained that personal property went missing when Spino entered a home to evict tenants. Because of the complaints, the sheriff's department went to the FBI to help investigate the claims.

Sheriff officials say the FBI set up a sting, stuffing $1,100 into a glass inside a unit where Spino was headed. Spino was videotaped taking the cash and putting it in his pocket.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Spino's attorney, Daniel McLaughlin, had no comment on the charges.