Thanksgiving ruined for suburban family after cheeky gun thieves steal car in multi-city crime spree – CBS Chicago
HOMER GLEN, Illinois (CBS) – A cheeky suburban crime spree was filmed this week, as armed thieves roamed from town to town stealing or trying to steal cars.
As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported on Thursday, the thefts all took place in a hectic half hour in the southern suburbs three days earlier.
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When McNicholas spoke to them on Thanksgiving Day, Stephanie Pearson and her daughter, Carly, were showing small chocolate covered strawberries in the shape of a Thanksgiving turkey. It was a cute and heartwarming scene, but the general mood around Thanksgiving this year for the Pearsons was the opposite of happy.
“This is probably the worst Thanksgiving on record,” said Stephanie Pearson. “I am incredibly upset that I am not with the rest of my family.”
“It’s just terrible,” Carly Pearson said.
Mom and daughter have a bunch of thieves to thank or something. With a gun drawn, the thieves rushed into their garage and stole their Lexus on Monday while the Pearsons were inside the house.
Stephanie had planned to drive that car to Virginia this week to celebrate Thanksgiving at her other daughter’s new home.
“At 3:20 pm, to think that someone is going to walk into your garage and pick up your car was amazing,” Stephanie said.
And police said Pearson’s car wasn’t the only one the group stole on Monday. We put together home security videos from three suburbs to piece together a brazen daylight wave of crime that lasted for at least half an hour.
“It’s very scary, actually,” said Diane Vukanic.
It was in front of Vukanic’s house in Orland Park where the wave of crime began. His camera shows someone jumping out of a gray Dodge Durango around 2:48 p.m.
The thieves couldn’t open his car, so they stole a black Jeep next door. The group then abandoned the Jeep couple a few blocks away after stealing a purse from the car.
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“It’s actually terrifying because when we saw the footage of the Lemont incident, we realized they had a gun,” Vukanic said.
The video of Lemont she mentioned shows someone coming out of that same Dodge Durango around 3:08 PM. This person then runs down an alley holding what looks like a gun.
Police say the thieves were unable to steal any cars in Lemont.
Ten minutes later, the Dodge Durango is at Homer Glen, where the group explores a garage before moving on. And just a minute later, the group shows up at the Pearsons’ house and steals the Lexus.
“I was angry at first, like devastated,” said Stephanie Pearson. “I flew out of the house down the aisle to see what had happened.”
Pearson said she left her purse and keys in the car because she believed the garage was closed and locked.
Carly, her youngest daughter, left the door open about 15 minutes before the flight as she ran inside to change into activewear.
“I didn’t really think about shutting it down because I knew that soon after I was going to hit the gym and work out,” Carly said, “and 15 minutes is enough.”
Now, mom and daughter will have to be content with a FaceTime with their family in Virginia.
“Thank goodness I have a friend who is a really good cook, so we’re going to go,” Stephanie said.
Now Lemont Police, Will County Sheriff’s Office and Orland Park Police are looking for all these thieves. Police believe the group’s Dodge Durango is also stolen.
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Orland Park police are also investigating whether the same group may have stolen a purse and a gym bag from a parked car on Wednesday only. It was near Pine Street and Carefree Avenue, and a witness said one of the thieves had a gun.