GLENVIEW — A 17-year-old juvenile from Chicago has been arrested and charged with stealing two cars 10 days apart in August.
The youth was arrested by Glenview police January 3 on two charges of theft of a motor vehicle after a five-month investigation by the village’s detectives, according to Glenview Police Sgt. James Foley.
The defendant will be petitioned to the Cook County juvenile justice system, according to a Glenview Police report. Foley said it was possible the defendant could be tried as an adult but that is a decision for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
Foley said he was reluctant to give details about the investigation before a prosecutor presents the charges in court. He said detectives developed evidence over a five-month period and got charges approved.
The first theft occurred at approximately 8 a.m. August 3 in the 1200 block of Westview Road when an unlocked vehicle valued at more than $15,000 was reported stolen from the driveway there, according to the report.
Ten days later, a second car valued at more than $15,000 was taken from a driveway in the 1500 block of Kittyhawk Lane 3.5 miles away from the first theft, according to the report.
Foley said there was no evidence the defendant had gang ties or that the thefts were related to a string of car thefts and burglaries throughout the North Shore over the summer.
The Westview Road theft was one of seven cars reported stolen between August 3 and 11 in Northbrook and Glenview, prompting Northbrook Police Detective Mark Graf to say in an August 12 DailyNorthShore.com story they were likely part of the ring.
“A group of individuals are targeting (expensive) cars left unlocked,” said Graf in the DNS story. “When they find the keys they steal the car. They look inside for the keys. If they don’t find them they take what they can. They are not stripping the column or hot wiring the cars.”