Would-be police officer arrested after driving stolen car to exam

April 30, 1991|By Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO -- There was a basic lesson of law enforcement to be learned at the Chicago police officer's exam:

Don't drive a stolen car, and if you do, don't park it illegally.

Arthur Gloria, 20, really wanted to be a cop, police say, but he just didn't have a way to get to the exam Saturday.

So when a friend offered to lend him a stolen car, they say, he apparently thought it was worth the risk.

In his rush to get to Chicago Vocational High School, where the exam was being given, police say, Mr. Glo

ria parked the 1983 Oldsmobile on a street corner, blocking a crosswalk.

While patrolling the area, Officers Pete Piazza and Rich Ralphson noticed the car's broken window and ran the license plate number through the computer. It came back as a stolen car.

"We set up a surveillance. About 12:55 p.m., Arthur Gloria got into the car and started it up, using a screwdriver on the 'peeled' steering column," Officer Piazza said.

Mr. Gloria refused to identify the friend whom he said lent him the car, police said. He was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

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