Friday, January 11, 2013

Very Strange Criminal Case - Nuclear plant operator Michael Buhrman, 31, accused in carjacking vanishes

The young woman was sitting in her car in a parking lot in Woodridge last May when an elderly-looking man approached and asked her quietly, almost in a whisper, if she needed help.
"I thought he was an old drunk homeless guy," said the woman, who told the stranger she was fine.

Moments later, the man pointed a pistol at her chin and demanded her keys before driving off in her 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, authorities said. The terrified woman alerted police, who stopped the stolen car minutes later, at about 9:45 p.m.

Police arrested the driver, Michael Buhrman, a 31-year-old licensed senior reactor operator at the Dresden nuclear power plant in Morris, authorities said. They allegedly recovered a pistol from the car, along with a two-way radio and a high-quality latex mask — of an old man.

Authorities wondered why a well-paid nuclear plant operator might steal a 12-year-old car at gunpoint. But an even more pressing question arose when Buhrman disappeared after posting bond. A GPS device that had been attached to his leg was found Sept. 28 in his deserted Coal City house, its strap sliced in half, authorities said.

DuPage County prosecutors presented evidence Thursday that Buhrman perhaps has fled the country and should be tried in absentia. They also revealed that the FBI had been investigating Buhrman for other crimes along with at least one Dresden co-worker, who also might have fled the country.

Assistant State's Attorney Demetri Demopoulos said he could not reveal additional details of that investigation.

Judge Kathryn Creswell set a March trial date and will rule then on whether it should proceed if Buhrman remains missing.

The woman whose car was taken May 9 positively identified Buhrman shortly after he was arrested based on his green windbreaker, dark jeans and black gloves. But his youthful face didn't match the robber's, she said this week. The mask he allegedly wore had thinning hair and encased the head and neck, said the woman, who asked to not be identified.

"You couldn't even tell it was a mask," she said.

On May 11, Buhrman posted $20,000 cash bond, but he was back in court in July. Prosecutors learned he was dating a 20-year-old college student. He told her he planned to flee to Chile and had amassed gold, according to files.

Buhrman was ordered to surrender his passport and was placed on home confinement with a GPS unit strapped to his ankle. He made his last court appearance in August.

His former wife thinks Buhrman is gone for good.

"I don't believe I'll ever see him again," Melissa Gates said Wednesday.

They married in 2005, about a year after they met in San Diego while both were in the Navy. Gates was a hospital corpsman and Buhrman a nuclear engine technician. Both are from Nebraska.

"On the outside, you'd think he was the greatest guy in the world." Gates said. "He was a master at putting up a facade."

Gates filed for divorce in 2007, court records show. By then, both had left the Navy and settled in Coal City after Buhrman was hired at the Dresden plant.

On Sept. 25, three days before he disappeared, Buhrman showed up at his ex-wife's residence with gifts for their 6-year-old son.

That same day, he withdrew $14,000 from his bank account, money that had been wired in the previous day from an international account, prosecutors said.

Exelon Corp., which owns the plant where Buhrman worked, declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said reactor operator positions like the one Buhrman had require years of training and include a licensing process with ongoing mental health checks and background checks.

The woman Buhrman was alleged to have robbed still wonders why a man with his background would do what he is alleged to have done.

"I would never think that someone like that would pull a gun on somebody and steal their car," she said. 

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sleeper??

Anonymous said...

Detective Charlie Chan in Honaruru has been advised of this case and he says..."Dis lookie berry berry fishee too mee".

Anonymous said...

You sit at the nuke plant and watch the gauges until you go nuts not my kind of job.. I rather see some nice looking women with nice cleavage all day.

Anonymous said...

Took another job in Iran.

Aldo Raine said...

That's not really him in the photo shown. That is also a mask. I got a grand that says its actually Jason Bourne under this mask responsible for all the mayhem.

Anonymous said...

Woodridge Hillbilly Women will fall for anything.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the thieven politicians try to take pensions away from this Nuclear guys.

Anonymous said...

Probably a job for the CIA.This one sounds freaky.Could be Rhambo from city hall, after all he can't wait to do something stupid.

Anonymous said...

$100,000+ a year jobs are very rare nowadays.

Anonymous said...

Very strange and odd.

Anonymous said...

False flag fag!

Anonymous said...

Does this mean my electric bill will be going up again?

Anonymous said...

connie dizzy sez,
nuke boi looks dreamy,even tho he is a gringo.
he can throw me a jump anytime.

Anonymous said...

Psych eveals only catch the obvious kooks.They do not catch the true sinister types like police bosses and serial murderers.

Anonymous said...

MK Ultra

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
$100,000+ a year jobs are very rare nowadays.

January 11, 2013 10:51 PM

Cops in da burbs can make that in 5-8 year top outs.

The Keesing Bandit said...

He' s kind of dreamy . We could do a lot with that mask sweetie .

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

Anonymous said...

D'oh!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
$100,000+ a year jobs are very rare nowadays.

January 11, 2013 10:51 PM

Cops in da burbs can make that in 5-8 year top outs.

January 12, 2013 8:31 AM

WHO'S GOING TO FUDGE THE LIST FOR ME??

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Anonymous said...

Look at the huge farm boy neck on this guy. He could hide serious amounts of money inside that thing. He could pull fucking John Deere harvesters with it.

Anonymous said...

hahahah i know him his living in the apartment above mine (not in USA) im not going to rat him out but thats crazy his my neighbor lol

Anonymous said...

Michael Buhrman live in Venezuela and this government could be using him as advisor on nuclear energy
His Co-worker of DuPage and felony partner, Landon Brittain was arrested in Venezuela and he was extradited back to DuPage County, a couple of weeks ago.

http://enformable.com/2013/07/accomplice-of-fugitive-dresden-senior-reactor-operator-captured-after-arrest-in-venezuela/

http://woodridge.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/captured-in-venezuela-second-man-charged-in-woodridge-carjacking

Anonymous said...

Well maybe you should. What he did was wrong he put fear into a lady for the rest of her life. But I guess some idiot people don't think of the right thing to do

Anonymous said...

Hillbilly? Wow couldn't be a bigger jerk. She wasn't even from woodridge so before judging a person you don't even know think about what you say