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Fallen Chicago Cop’s Home Ransacked By Burglars After Men Tell Police That Mortgage Company Sent Them

Chicago, IL – The home of a fallen Chicago police officer was ransacked by burglars who stole his uniforms and police equipment in addition to his personal belongings, according to his family.

Chicago Police Officer Titus Moore, 46, died in the line of duty on Nov. 24, 2020, due to complications resulting from contracting COVID-19, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

He served the Chicago Police Department for 14 years.

“He loved being a policeman,” Officer Moore’s father, retired Chicago Police Officer Theopsy Moore told WGN. “That was his thing, you know?”

Officer Moore’s family said they have maintained his residence and paid the bills since his death as the probate case proceeds through the court, WGN reported.

Everything inside remained just as the fallen officer left it, according to his family.

But sometime in January, the fallen officer’s neighbors spotted men breaking into the house with a crowbar and called police, WGN reported.

When police arrived at the scene, the men claimed they were working for a mortgage company and that they had been sent to the home to secure and winterize it, according to Officer Moore’s family.

They said the company also told them to “clean out” the home, according to a police report obtained by WGN.

“They were very adamant about going inside the home,” said Officer Moore’s cousin, Angelica Green.

But according to court records, Officer Moore’s residence is not in foreclosure.

Green said she spoke with the officers about the probate situation at the scene.

“[The officers] said there’s nothing they could do, it’s civil,” Green told WGN. “They told the guys to stop for tonight and probably come back tomorrow.”

Moore said the police left and that the men went into his son’s home.

The family said the house was ransacked over the days that followed and that they took off with Officer Moore’s uniforms, police equipment, and televisions, among other items, WGN reported.

They even cut into the walls and drank alcohol in the house, according to the family.

Moore said he’s upset not only because of the burglary, but because the men were able to gain access to the residence with permission from the police, WGN reported.

“Definitely a gut punch,” the retired officer said. “It could have been preventable.”

Chicago police detectives said they are investigating the burglary but have not yet determined who was responsible, WGN reported.

They said it is possible the burglary occurred after the men who claimed to be from the mortgage company had been at the house.

Officer Moore’s family said they have spoken with a representative from the mortgage company who said the fallen officer’s house may have been “misclassified” as being in foreclosure, WGN reported.

The company refused to comment on the issue when contacted by WGN, citing pending litigation.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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