Friday, October 23, 2009
13 Lexus' Stolen from Chicago Dealerships Recovered
Three members of the Gangster Disciples gang were arrested in Chicago after they were spotted riding in stolen luxury cars, according to the Chicago police. How did police catch them? The Lexus vehicles, which were stolen from the McGrath Lexus of Chicago dealership over the weekend, still had their highly recognizable “loaner” license plates on them. All told, 11 cars, which were valued at $350,000, were stolen from the McGrath dealership; eight vehicles have been recovered by Chicago police. Police believe this heist is connected to the theft of six vehicles from Imperial Motors Jaguar in Lake Bluff, Ill., last Saturday. Six Jaguars and a Land Rover SUV — a total value of $446,000 — disappeared that day. The thieves’ modus operandi was similar: In both cases they pried open the dealerships’ garage doors. At the McGrath dealership, the thieves stole a small safe filled with car keys. They returned later and brazenly drove off with the vehicles. Clearly, subtlety wasn’t their forte. In Lake Bluff, the thieves had an easier time of it — the dealership had left the keys in the vehicles. Police are reviewing the surveillance video from each dealership. Gregory Lee, 32, was stopped in the 8000 block of South Harvard and arrested on a felony charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Isaac Lampley and Kevin Foster, both 31, were stopped near 80th and Halsted and arrested on misdemeanor charges. Felony charges were pending. Again, the thugs among us!