Hobart patrol officer faces additional theft charge
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent February 8, 2013 8:02PM
Hobart police patrolman Kik Homoky | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 10, 2013 6:45AM
CROWN POINT — Two additional criminal charges — theft and official misconduct — were filed against Hobart Patrolman Kirk Homoky in Lake Superior Court on Friday afternoon.
Homoky earlier in the week was charged with one count of theft and two counts of fraud against a financial institution for allegedly cashing $422.40 in checks from a local business that he received in error.
Homoky was put on unpaid administrative leave by the Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday night, upon the request of Acting Police Chief Vance Thompson.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed Friday, Homoky assisted two other police officers in the investigation of a traffic stop on Sept. 30, 2010, during which the driver claimed a $20 bill that was in the car’s ashtray went missing.
The driver reportedly moved to the rear of the vehicle while the three officers searched the front compartment. Homoky left the scene following the search. When the driver returned to his vehicle he immediately asked one of the police officers what happened to his money.
The officers called Homoky back to the scene. After a short search, they said Homoky took $20 from his pocket and gave it to the driver. According to the driver, Homoky said he was “gonna take his word for it.” The driver said he believed Homoky took the money.
Thompson could not be reached for comment on the latest charges.
Christopher Cooper, Homoky’s attorney in the civil matter against the police department, didn’t comment on the latest charges. However, he said Homoky and his wife are being harassed by one of the detectives on the Hobart Police Department. He sent an email to Dan Whitten, Thompson’s attorney in this case, asking him to instruct the detective to refrain from contacting and threatening his client or his wife.
Cooper, who has offices in Chicago and Merrillville, filed a lawsuit against former Hobart Police Chief Jeff White, and Detectives Jeremy Ogden and Garrett Cisezweski, charging the officers with misusing their police authority for vindictive and personal reasons. Ogden and Cisezewski had conducted the internal investigation of Homoky.
White had originally asked that Homoky be terminated for insubordination, saying he refused to cooperate during the investigation,. Cooper countered that Homoky did not refuse to take a lie detector test as the detectives claimed; he refused to sign off that he was voluntarily taking the test.