Thanksgiving is ruined for a suburban family after rude armed robbers stole a car in a multi-city crime spree – CBS Chicago
Homer Glen, Illinois (CBS) The camera caught a brazen outburst of crime in the suburbs this week, as armed robbers roamed from town to town to steal or try to steal cars.
As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported Thursday, all the thefts happened within a frantic half-hour in the southern suburbs three days ago.
When the McConcholas spoke to them this Thanksgiving day, Stephanie Pearson and her daughter Carly were showing off little chocolate-covered strawberries that were shaped like Thanksgiving turkeys. It was a nice and relaxing sight, but the general sentiment around this year’s Thanksgiving for the Pearson family was the opposite of joy.
“This is probably the worst Thanksgiving ever,” Stephanie Pearson said. “I am very upset that I am not with the rest of my family.”
“It’s terrible,” said Carly Pearson.
For the mother and her daughter a group of thieves thank them or that. Pulling a gun, the thieves broke into their garage and stole their Lexus on Monday while the Pearson family was indoors.
Stephanie had planned to drive that car to Virginia this week to celebrate Thanksgiving at her other daughter’s new home.
“At 3:20 p.m., the thought that someone was going to go into your garage and take your car was unbelievable,” Stephanie said.
Police say Pearson’s car was not the only vehicle the group stole on Monday. We put together a Homeland Security video from three suburbs to put together a despicable and massive crime spree that lasted at least half an hour.
It’s pretty scary, actually,” said Diane Vukanek.
It was outside Vukanek’s home in Orland Park where the crime wave began. Her camera shows a person jumping off a gray Dodge Durango around 2:48 p.m.
The thieves could not open her car, so they stole a black jeep from the next door. The group continued to dispose of the jeep pairs after stealing a wallet from the car.
“It’s actually terrifying, because when we saw footage from the Lemont incident, we knew they had a gun,” Vukanek said.
The video from Lemont I mentioned shows someone jumping out of the same Dodge Durango around 3:08 p.m. and then running that person down a driveway with what looks like a rifle.
Police say the thieves were unable to steal any cars in Lemont.
Ten minutes later, the Dodge Durango was at Homer Glen, with the group looking for a garage before moving on. And just a minute later, the group showed up at Pearson’s house and stole a Lexus.
“I was angry at first, like I was devastated,” Stephanie Pearson said. “I walked out of the house down the driveway to see what happened.”
Pearson said she left her bag and keys in the car because she thought the garage was locked and locked.
Carly, her youngest daughter, left the door unlocked about 15 minutes before the robbery as she ran inside to change her clothes at the gym.
“I didn’t really think about shutting it down, because I knew soon after, I was going to go to the gym and work out, and it took 15 minutes,” Carly said.
Now, the mother and daughter will have to settle FaceTime with their family in Virginia.
“Thank God I have a friend who’s a really good cook, so we’re going there,” Stephanie said.
Now, the Lemont Police, Will County Sheriff’s Office and Orland Park Police are searching for these thieves. Police believe the group’s driving Dodge Durango has also been stolen.
Orland Park Police are also investigating whether that same group stole a handbag and gym bag from a parked car on Wednesday only. It was near Pine Street and Carefree Street, and a witness said one of the robbers had a gun.