Private eye gets probation for pipe theft

An Ottawa private investigator was sentenced Wednesday in La Salle County Circuit Court for stealing a piece of perforated plastic pipe worth $35.

On June 13, a jury found Ross B. Radke, 54, guilty of theft. At a hearing Wednesday, Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. sentenced Radke to two years of conditional discharge — a loose form of probation — to pay a fine and court costs of $300 and to pay $35 in restitution. The pipe came from a residential construction site on Ottawa’s South Side.

Radke and two police officers testified at the sentencing hearing. Radke still faces two counts of illegally carrying a pistol, with the next hearing for those charges set for Thursday, Oct. 20. He is out of custody on $650 bond.

Radke declined to comment to The Times about his cases. In reply to a question, Radke did say he is selling the building that serves as his home and houses his detective agency and martial arts academy at the southeast corner of State and Center streets. However, Radke noted he remains in business and plans to find another location after he sells the building. Radke is licensed by the state as a private detective.

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