BURLINGTON, Vt. - New dashcam video obtained by Local 22/Local44 shows a person of interest in a Vermont homicide being pulled over by an Illinois State Police trooper.
Following a public records request by Local 22/Local44, Illinois State Police released a dashcam video showing Randal Gebo being stopped by a state trooper near Chicago on July 19 just after 12:20 p.m.
Police say that’s Gebo, 61, behind the wheel of a 2009 Mini Cooper owned by Cindy Cook, 59, of Barre. Cook’s body was found in a secluded area off Brook Road in Middlesex seven days earlier, police said. Her death was ruled a homicide. Vermont State Police have never released a cause of death.
Police say the last time anyone had contact with Cook was around July 4. Nobody has been charged with the homicide in Vermont. Police have named Gebo a 'person of interest.'
Gebo was stopped eastbound on I-90 near a tollway outside of Chicago, according to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mike Link.
Gebo was arrested on a federal warrant from Vermont on charges of car theft and card fraud. The dashcam video shows Cook being followed by the police cruiser for a little over a minute before the trooper radios in the Vermont license plate number.
Shortly after that, the dashcam video shows Gebo turn onto the right shoulder of the road, before exiting to an off-ramp. As the trooper and Gebo exit I-90—you can hear someone radio the trooper that the motor vehicle is stolen out of Vermont, and it’s part of a suspicious death investigation.
"There's a BOLO out on your vehicle. Someone's looking for it. Yea. Do you know anything about that?" the trooper asked Gebo. "Yea..." he responded.
Following the traffic stop, Gebo was transported to Kane County Jail and was then taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Patrick Gengler, spokesperson for the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.
Gebo was jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago until four days ago, August 7. It remains unclear when he would arrive back in Vermont to face the federal charges.
Deputy U.S. Marshal John Curtis, a supervisor in Burlington, told Local 22/Local 44 he is unable to shed light on Gebo’s transfer.
“We don’t discuss any transportation of federal inmates to anybody—it’s a security issue—it’s our policy and procedures,” Curtis said in a phone interview this week.
The U.S. Marshals Service helps transport federal inmates by plane or bus. Curtis said Gebo will make multiple stops, and be lodged at federal prisons throughout the country until his return to Vermont.
Curtis told Local22/Local44 he would be back in Vermont “shortly.”
Police say they tracked Gebo across the country through use of Cook’s debit card. Court documents say the card was used in several states, including Frackville, Pennsylvania; West Prescott, Arkansas; Perry, Oklahoma; and Buffalo, Wyoming.
The Washington County State's Attorney's Office has filed similar fraud charges against Gebo, and State's Attorney Scott Williams says he intends to pursue them.
"As soon as he's available to us we will bring him to Washington County Superior Court and he will be arraigned at that time," said Scott.
As for the homicide case, Williams stopped short of calling Gebo a person of interest, but said that bringing justice for Cindy Cook is a priority.
"We do have a ruling of a homicide by the Medical Examiner's Office, and we're continuing to pursue all avenues on that. Police have been doing a lot of work on the case. I know that the investigation is still very active. That's all that I can say on it at this time," said Williams.
Due to the large file size of the video it is in 8 parts, you can check out the videos below.
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