A Chicago police officer has been placed on desk duty after police in Skokie spotted his personal car in a mall parking lot and noticed that it “closely resembled an unmarked police car,” an apparent violation of Chicago police rules and of state law.

It was the second time in eight years that Derek Saxton, 35, was questioned about police equipment on his personal car. Saxton was hired by the Chicago Police Department several years after he was arrested in the first incident.

In the latest incident, Skokie police photographed Saxton’s 2014 Ford Police Interceptor about 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 7 in a parking lot near the AMC Showplace Village Crossing theaters, 7000 N. Carpenter Road in the north suburb, according to an internal bulletin issued by Skokie police.

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