The owner of a 2008 Dodge Ram said she went out to start her vehicle to warm it up about 1 p.m. Ten minutes later, she saw two teenage boys enter her vehicle and drive off.
While deputies were traveling to the residence, they were advised the vehicle had been seen in the area of Airport Road and Frontage Road in Romeoville. During a search for the car, a deputy saw the vehicle on Old Renwick Road and Trading Post Lane and tried to make a traffic stop. The vehicle did not stop for deputies, but spun out and came to rest in a ditch.
A single occupant then took off on foot. Sheriff’s deputies, along with a K-9 and Joliet police, began a search of a nearby field and wooded area. The 16-year-old male subject, a Romeoville resident, was located and found with a loaded 9 mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun, according to the release. The subject also was found with a Buick car key and a Jeep car key.
He was taken into custody and invoked his right to an attorney. He was transported to the River Valley Juvenile Justice Center and was charged with motor vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful use of a weapon and not having a valid FOID card.
The boy also was being held on two outstanding warrants. The Dodge Ram eventually was returned to its owner.
On Jan. 22, a 2004 Buick Park Avenue was stolen from West Bloomfield Drive in Plainfield after the owner was warming up his vehicle and left it unattended at 8 a.m. Joliet police recovered that vehicle Jan. 28.
On Feb. 6, a 2013 Jeep Patriot was stolen from Ardmore Circle in Plainfield after the owner started it about 7 a.m. and left it unattended for a few minutes. The vehicle was recovered the next day on West Duncan Court in Plainfield.
Additional charges could be filed against the 16-year-old, pending further investigation, according to the release.
At this time, deputies have not located a second person who might have been involved in the theft.
Anyone with information can call 815-727-8575.
Source : https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/02/13/police-16-year-old-with-handgun-arrested-on-motor-vehicle-theft-in-plainfield-township/adllsjy/