East St. Louis Police Chief Resigns After Xbox 360 FBI Sting

Former Alorton, Missouri police chief Michael Baxton Sr. pled guilty on Thursday in federal court to two felonies after an FBI sting caught him stealing five game systems. His bad. According to the U.S. attorney's office, an investigation of "systemic corruption within the Village of Alorton by various public officials" brought Baxton down. Charges against other officials in the town may be forthcoming.

According to a report in the St. Louis Today, unnamed Alorton police officers contacted federal authorities saying that Baxton was engaged in nefarious activity including giving favorable treatment to some suspects and mishandling evidence. FBI agents set up a sting operation using an "abandoned bait car equipped with surveillance devices in a parking lot on Oct. 5 and reported it stolen."

Baxton and another unnamed officer inspected the car, and found five Xbox 360's in the trunk. He instructed the other officer to "place four of them in Baxton's car and keep one for himself."

When confronted by the FBI, Baxton tried to blame the other officer for the theft. When they showed him evidence implicating him, he confessed to the crime. Baxton told the FBI that he had set up one game system in his basement for his son and gave the other three away as gifts to his family.

U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton called Baxton "corrupt, a thief, and a liar."

Baxton pled guilty to "theft or conversion of government property," which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years. He also pled to one count of "making a false statement to a federal officer," which is punishable by up to five years. He'll be sentenced in late April. He resigned as the police chief on Wednesday, though his role had been limited in January due to the federal charges he faced.

Source: St. Louis Today. Image Credit: Shutterstock

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    Lou says:


    We all know 80% of politicians are lying SOBs so what's your point on all this aside from bashing democrats. If we go through history republican politicians have been involved in more illicit activities than democrats to begin with. Does that make democrats any better?? Hell no, they are just as bad and both parties sell their souls just to stay in power and keep the gravy train going.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    Yes typical crap that goes on in the Illinois Democratic Party what party do you think this guy is with? It's not the hard. People like him are the reason why we want to kick East St Louis and Chicago out of Illinois.

    I can go on and on about the crazy things that go on in this state from people from Chicago and East St Louis but all I ever get those are Republican lies. Rod Blagojevich was worse and when talking about him people would never believe the crap he did and was up to till he tried to sell a Senate seat.

    Look's like some things will never change.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    Another corrupt Illinois Democrat doing some crazy things.

    If only we can give East St Louis to Missouri so they can join the regular St Louis and law makers right now in the state want to also kick Chicago out of Illinois.



    It's not fair that two counties out of over 100 counties in this state control the entire workings of the state. I believe all a Chicago Democrat needs is six counties to win an election. Last election the successor to Rod Blagojevich the guy who tried to sell Obama's Senate seat among many other crazy things Illinois Democrats do Quinn actually made a public announcement that he would have the troops march on Chicago which of course brings a smile to every county in Illinois that hates the welfare and addicted to spending Illinois.


    Any Chicago Democrat who hates himself and his country might not like this but will vote for Quinn any ways but the Republican who might not think Quinn was bluffing was fooled and that's all they need to do and do around election time.



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