Area police again are searching for a Bloomington man who allegedly posed as a police officer to steal thousands of dollars in goods from stores across central Illinois, including East Peoria.
Steven Dilley, 46, failed to appear Monday in his Tazewell County case on charges of continuing a criminal enterprise, impersonating a peace officer, and felony retail theft. He was released from custody last week after posting 10 percent of his $20,000 bond, which had been reduced from $50,000, according to court records.
The higher bond was set when Dilley was captured in early January after failing to appear in court in late June. He was free at that time on a personal recognizance bond.
Dilley was released last week to the custody of Sangamon County, where he’s also charged with retail theft. Sangamon jail records show he posted a $1,820 cash bond for his release there on Monday.
He was arrested last June after allegedly striking the Bass Pro, Kohl’s and Lowe’s stores in East Peoria over a week. Claiming he was a Metamora or Peoria police officer or another store’s security guard, Dilley called the stores to report that known shoplifters were in their parking lots, charges allege.
When store guards searched for the fictional thieves, Dilley stuffed bags with expensive items and clothing, the charges allege. His arrest came after he tried the ruse a second time at Bass Pro.
Police in Normal said Dilley committed similar crimes in that city. A search warrant revealed about $8,000 in stolen items in his hotel room there, court records stated.