Park Ridge Police Arrest 3 Juveniles in a String of Auto Thefts

Between February 21 and March 7, four motor vehicles were reported stolen to the Park Ridge Police Department. Three of the vehicles taken were running at the time and the fourth vehicle had the keys in it. Juvenile A, 14 years of age from Park Ridge, was arrested on Mar. 6 after being reported missing by his parents and located by police. He was charged with three counts of Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle and one count of Possession of Cannabis. He was also charged with fleeing from police, on foot, after he was observed in one of the stolen motor vehicles on March 5

Juvenile B, 14 years of age from Buffalo Grove, was arrested on March 7 after a resident in the 200 block of Ashland observed him, along with Juvenile C, attempting to burglarize a vehicle. Officers responded and were able to take Juvenile B into custody as he attempted to flee the scene. Officers also learned that prior to the burglary on Ashland, Juvenile B and Juvenile C had attempted to steal, and then, burglarized a vehicle in the 700 block of N. Prospect. After interviewing Juvenile B, he was charged with two counts of Burglary to Motor Vehicle. He was also charged with fleeing from police, on foot, after he was observed in a stolen motor vehicle on March 5. Juvenile B has pending Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle charges in Buffalo Grove.

Juvenile C, 14 years of age from Park Ridge, was arrested on March 8 after being interviewed by detectives. He was charged with one count of Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle and two counts of Burglary to Motor Vehicle. He was also charged with fleeing from police, on foot, after he was observed in one of the stolen motor vehicles on March 5 and with fleeing from police, on foot, after he was observed attempting to burglarize a vehicle in the 200 block of Ashland.

 

Events:

Feb. 21 -  A 2012 Honda (engine running) stolen by Juvenile A from 100 block of Euclid Avenue. Juvenile A was arrested on Feb. 23 by the Chicago Police Department, 16th District.

Feb. 26 – A 2001 Chevy  (keys inside)  stolen by Juvenile A from the 1500 block of Stewart.

Feb. 27 – The 2001 Chevy stolen by Juvenile A on Feb. 26 was given to Juvenile C.

March 1 –  A 1996 Volvo (engine running) stolen from 20 S. Prospect Avenue by Juvenile A.

Also, the 2001 Chevy stolen on Feb. 26 was recovered, significantly damaged (no brakes and transmission inoperable), by the Chicago Police Department near Belmont and Austin.

March 3- Juvenile A, along with a number of other juveniles, still driving the stolen 1996 Volvo, were  then involved in a motorist dispute in the 1100 block of Touhy Avenue. Juvenile A followed the victim north on Greenwood and tapped the rear bumper of the victim’s vehicle near Cedar Street. All four juveniles fled the scene on foot. Cannabis, later attributed to Juvenile A, was located in the Volvo.

March 5 – 2005 Subaru (engine running) stolen from 700 block of N. Prospect by Juvenile A. A short time later, a Park Ridge Police Officer observes two vehicles racing in a parking lot at 1100 S. Dee Road. As the officer attempts to investigate, Juvenile A abandons the 2005 Subaru and Juveniles B and C abandon a vehicle recently stolen out of Buffalo Grove. All three flee the area on foot.

March 7 – Juveniles B and C attempt to steal a motor vehicle in the 700 block of N. Prospect Avenue. Unable to do so, they attempt to burglarize the same vehicle. Juveniles B and C then proceed to the 200 Block of Ashland and attempt to burglarize another vehicle. A witness observes them, intercedes and both juveniles flee on foot. Juvenile B was apprehended in the area by Park Ridge Police.

 

All three juveniles have been petitioned to Juvenile Court.

 

It is important to note that all of these crimes were crimes of opportunity. Please lock your vehicles each time you park it and never leave the keys inside.



 
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