Stolen Car found in Waukegan, but Suspect Still at Large

by Tina Johansson

A suspect who stole a car from a Waukegan gas station, dragging a police officer, remains at large.

While Waukegan Police gave no description of the suspect, the incident is said to have been video-taped by a witness in a barbershop across the street from the BP gas station at 902 Grand Avenue. The Waukegan Police officer who was dragged by the fleeing vehicle was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released, according to police Cmdr. Joe Florip.

The stolen vehicle, a grey 4-door Volkswagen bearing an Illinois license Z84 2693, has been recovered and is in police custody. It had been stolen on Nov. 29 from the 700 block of Belvidere Road.

The stolen car was spotted at the gas station by Waukegan police at about 6:30 p.m., Dec. 3. As officers, accompanied by a K-9 dog, approached the vehicle, the driver took off. A police officer was dragged by the fleeing vehicle. Other officers gave chase until they deemed it to be to reckless to continue the pursuit, said. Florip. It was last seen in the area of Sheridan Road and Belvidere Road.

The stolen vehicle was found abandoned at about 10:50 p.m., Dec. 5, in the 100 block of Butrick Street, stated Florip.

A video tape of the incident was made by a barber identified as “Kenny” at the shop called I’ll Kut 2 U! who apparently witnessed the incident from his window.

It was reported to have been shown on Facebook with many people apparently seeing it and subsequently reported in the news media.   

Anyone with information about the incident or suspect is urged to call police.

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