By Jeremy Gorner and Jason Meisner
6:14 PM CDT, March 14, 2012
Local and federal authorities raided the Lincoln Park home of a man suspected of running an elaborate fencing operation and found truckloads of high-end, stolen merchandise, officials said today.
Jicheng Liu, 32, is charged with a felony for his role in the operation, and felony cyber-stalking, authorities said.
Following a months-long joint investigation by the Chicago Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, Liu was arrested Tuesday after authorities executed a warrant on a home in the 1700 block of West Altgeld Street and confiscated truckloads of merchandise believed to have been stolen.
Officers from the Chicago police Town Hall District burglary team, along with postal inspectors and state’s attorney’s office personnel, went to the Altgeld home to place Liu into custody on an arrest warrant for the cyber-stalking charge, authorities said.
During his arrest, authorities said they discovered he was in possession of the large quantity of stolen goods.
After executing search warrants, authorities said they also found more merchandise linked to Liu in three storage lockers within blocks of the home.
More than 80 high-end bicycles, 50 strollers, golf clubs and TV sets were recovered, authorities said.
A number of garage-door openers with various addresses labeled on them also were found in his possession, authorities said.
Chicago police said the recovered items also include diamond jewelry, sets of keys, laptop computers, bicycle helmets, bicycle car racks, tennis racquets and vacuums.
Altogether, the merchandise is said to be worth more than $100,000.
At least one of the recovered items belonged to Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, officials added.
According to sources, Liu also has cyber-stalked two Chicago police officers who arrested him on a separate case.
Liu, a Chinese citizen, was ordered held Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 cash bail by Cook County Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese Jr. Police said the investigation into Liu is ongoing and he could face additional charges.
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