Arlington Heights police said officers stopped stealing catalytic converters from vehicles parked in the condo complex on Saturday, and a Chicago man is now accused of alleged theft – after trying to flee the police in a stolen luxury SUV, which also stole license plates .
According to a press release from the Arlington Heights Police Department, officers were dispatched around 4:30 am Saturday to Dana Point Condominiums on Block 1400 East Central Road.
“Suspicious vehicle and some [individuals] walking around the parking lot prompted the resident to call 9-1-1, ”the authorities said in a press release.
When officers arrived at the scene, people jumped into a Jaguar SUV and attempted to escape, according to the announcement. Officers briefly chased the SUV through the complex until it hit a large landscape rock and became disabled.
Several people got out of the vehicle and ran, the message reads. However, police caught one man: Terrell Davidson, 29, from block 5800 on West Division Street, Chicago, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, stealing over $ 500 and obstructing a peacekeeping officer.
He appeared in a bond court on Sunday. According to a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, bail was set at $ 50,000 for Davidson following allegations from the Arlington Heights incident. However, a spokeswoman explained that Davidson is being held at Cook County Jail without bail “for a drug charge in a 2021 case.”
Arlington Heights Police Chief Petar Milutinovic told Pioneer Press on Monday that the news from 911 had been made aware of many people involved in the weekend incident.
“This information has been verified by the responding officers. I cannot give the exact number of criminals, but I can say that they were all passengers in the same vehicle, ”said Milutinovic.
Police said in a release that the 2018 Jaguar Blue F-Pace SUV was recently stolen from downtown Chicago. Additionally, it was reported that Florida number plates that were on the vehicle were stolen from Moline, Ill.
Police said nine catalysts – all believed to be stolen – along with three loaded guns were recovered by officers from the SUV. The guns found in the stolen Jaguar contained a loaded Caliber 40 Glock and two 9mm pistols, each with an enlarged magazine and one with a laser sight. Police said they also recovered the elevators and power tools they believe are used to steal catalytic converters.
Arlington Heights officials from Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect and Rolling Meadows Police also helped with the incident. The Arlington Heights Police Department deployed a drone with thermal imaging capabilities to look for escaped people, but no additional suspects were found as a result of the search.
Davidson is due to appear in court on September 28 in Rolling Meadows on Arlington Heights charges.
Elizabeth Owens-Schiele is a freelancer.
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