On January 31, 2017 at 12:00PM a citizen reported that they were involved in an auto accident at Skokie Valley Rd. and Park Ave. and that the other vehicle had left the scene. The victim provided the police with a description of the vehicle, its registration and the occupants of the offending vehicle. The offending vehicle was found abandoned near the intersection of Arlington Ave. and Auburn Ave. The vehicle had been reported stolen on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 to the Zion Police Department. Due to the proximity of Wayne Thomas, Oak Terrace and Northwood Jr. High, North Shore School District 112 was contacted and their staff initiated a soft lock down. Officer established a perimeter around the area where the stolen vehicle was recovered and a local lookout was broadcast describing the suspects to local officers. A K9 team from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist officers locate the suspects. The Police Department utilized the reverse 911 emergency notification system to alert residents of the police activity in the area. At 1:20 PM officers searching the area located both suspects in the 2900 block of Summit Ave. Officers remained at each school during dismissal times to insure the safety of the students and staff.
One of the suspects reported to police that a third person was also in the stolen car and fled the area on foot. Officers were advised of the possibility of a third suspect and continued searching. The reverse 911 emergency notification system was used to update the public with the new information. It was later determined that there was not a third person in the stolen auto and appropriate notifications were made.
The Police will be reviewing the incident with the Lake County States Attorney’s Office to determine appropriate charges.