Homeowner follows alleged thieves on I-80 car chase
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org June 7, 2012 3:16PM
Illinois State Police look over the damaged remains of a suspect's vehicle involved in a pursuit that came to a stop east of Larkin after the the car was damaged in the east bound lanes of Interstate 80 in Joliet, Illinois, Thursday, June 7, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 9, 2012 6:14AM
MANHATTAN — A car chase began when a man reportedly came home Thursday morning to find three men loading his stuff into their car.
Police Chief Howard Martin said the burglary occurred on Route 52 on the south side of the village.
The homeowner allegedly began following the silver 2003 Chevrolet Malibu and called Manhattan police, who pursued the vehicle to Interstate 80 about 11:30 a.m., where state and sheriff’s police joined in.
Rockdale Police Chief Robert Dykstra and Officer Stephen Lindley were preparing to leave for lunch when the chase was being broadcast and decided to stay nearby in case the chase came east on I-80.
“Around 11:40 a.m. the Malibu came by and crashed just east of Larkin Avenue,” Dykstra said. “And the three men inside got out and ran into the Frisbee golf area of West Park.”
Lindley was able to grab one of the passengers near the creek while the other men ran into nearby woods, Dykstra said.
Joliet and Cook County sheriff’s police brought bloodhounds to the area. A Cook County dog found another suspect hiding around 12:30 p.m.
Dykstra said the driver was found about 2 p.m. hiding in a garage in the 1000 block of Belleview Avenue.
The three men were being questioned by police Thursday afternoon.