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Yorkville man admits to gun in bank — but not impersonating officer

Richard Zentz

Richard Zentz

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Updated: September 6, 2012 12:59PM

A Yorkville man has pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon, in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges that he impersonated a federal agent.

Richard Zentz, 54, of the 1400 block of Orchard Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon on his person, according to Kendall County court records. He was sentenced to two years probation. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of false impersonation of an officer.

In August 2011, Zentz was wearing a loaded weapon on his hip when he walked into the Old Second Bank at 26 W. Countryside Parkway in Yorkville. Zentz was also wearing a Drug Enforcement Agency badge and shirt, police said.

In a police booking photo, Zentz is shown with a green polo shirt that has a U.S. Justice Department Drug Enforcement Administration patch on the front and on the right sleeve. Police said Zentz did not announce he was a DEA Agent or attempt to gain any advantage from his badge while in the bank.

Zentz was apparently there for a normal banking transaction, police said.

But someone in the bank recognized him and knew he was not a federal drug agent, so they called police. Zentz was arrested as he left the bank.

As part of the conditions of his probation, Zentz is not allowed to possess or own a gun and must submit to random drug screening. He must also pay fees and fines of more than $2,000.

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