On Saturday, July 27, 2019, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Poplar Grove man for impersonating a police officer. .
Thomas Kronas, 43 years old of Poplar Grove, Illinois, was charged with one count of False Personation of a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony). Kronas was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $75,000.00 (10%) bond.
On Saturday, July 27, 2019, Kronas allegedly used flashing red lights to stop a vehicle in the area of Riverside Road east of Argyle Road in rural Boone County. The driver of the stopped vehicle turned out to be an off duty police officer. Kronas left the scene and was later arrested at his residence by Boone County Deputies. Kronas’ vehicle, a dark blue 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe was also seized.
Kronas, who is a registered sex offender, drives a vehicle that resembles a police vehicle. Kronas’ vehicle is equipped with emergency lights, computer, dash cam, mounted cage, a “Caution K9 Stay Back” sticker and Illinois Police Association license plates MPSO The Boone County Sheriff’s Office requests if anyone has been a victim of a stop by this vehicle to please contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation continues and additional charges are possible. A class 4 felony is punishable by one (1) to three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone having information on a crime or narcotic trafficking to call the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 815-544-2144 or Crime Stoppers at 815-547-7867.
Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the State’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.