Former school security chief gets probation in equipment thefts

Special to the Tribune

The former head of school security at Niles North High School in Skokie has been sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to pay court fee and fines of $609 after he pleaded guilty to stealing electronic equipment from the school and selling it on eBay, court records show.

James F. DiJohn, 56, of Chicago, was charged with felony theft last fall for stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment from the school, including Motorola and Kenwood two-way radios and then selling them on eBay under the name “michinoisjim,” according to court records.

Last week, DiJohn pleaded guilty at the Skokie courthouse to reduced theft charges and was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to pay court fees and fines totaling $609, court records show.

At the time of his arrest, DiJohn told Skokie police that he had two children in college and was having financial problems, according to records. DiJohn was arrested after a customer on eBay reported that three frequencies on a radio purchased from DiJohn were set for Skokie police department, Niles North High School and Niles West High School, officials said.

School officials said after his arrest that DiJohn had resigned.

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