Brad Edwards reports,
Clean drinking water is essential for our health, so when a man with a foreign passport is discovered trespassing in a protected Chicago water plant, the FBI and Homeland Security are alerted.
Authorities say Shahroon Augustine entered the Eugene Sawyer Water Purification Plant with a duffle bag, containing a passport from Pakistan.
He was charged with trespassing, then vanished.
Augustine, who may have lived in Palatine at one time, has had numerous previous arrests. He has pleaded guilty to two separate drug charges in Wisconsin. And last year he was charged with a misdemeanor after Palatine police stopped him with “an ax in the waistband of his pants” and a gym bag containing an expandable baton, duct tape and more.
“If our water supply isn’t vigorously protected, we as a society could have real trouble,” says Schak, the former Chicago police official. “I mean, if the power grid goes out, we’ve got problems and we know we’ve been through blackouts and everything else. But there’s only so much bottled water to go around until we have trouble.”
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