known to the police

known to the police
   having a criminal record or having been suspected of a crime
   The usage ignores the fact that the police know many people who are not criminals, not excluding lawyers and politicians:
    Hamilton was a frightening man, known to the police. (Monkhouse, 1993 — Hamilton had been arrested three times in connection with crimes of violence but never convicted)

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