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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cop who led band of jewel thieves released after serving his time

William Hanhardt, once a legendary Chicago cop who rose to deputy superintendent only to fall from grace with his conviction as the head of a crafty crew of mob-connected jewel thieves, was released from custody Friday after completing a 12-year sentence, his lawyer confirmed.
Hanhardt, 83, has been confined at his home since his release from a halfway house on Chicago's Near West Side in late September. He served the bulk of his time at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. In all, he served more than 10 years in custody.
"Mr. Hanhardt served his full sentence and did so without incident, and is simply seeking to spend whatever is left of the remainder of his life quietly with his family," said his attorney, Jeffrey Steinback.
Hanhardt, a former Chicago police chief of detectives, pleaded guilty in 2001 in federal court in Chicago to running a ring that used stealth and cunning to stalk jewelry salesmen across the country and steal more than $5 million in diamonds and gems over 20 years.
When Hanhardt was sentenced in 2002, his lawyers said he was in declining health, citing congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease, emphysema, spinal cord issues and surgeries for testicular cancer. Steinback declined to discuss Hanhardt's current health.



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