Wednesday, January 07, 2015

JACKPOT: 24 Stolen Catalytic Converters Found In Crashed Van

Clockwise from top L: Buie, Murry, Perry, Wade, Williamson
(Cook Co. Sheriff's Office.
Twenty-four stolen catalytic converters and one saw were found in the back of the minivan that crashed in nearby North Center yesterday morning, police say. (CWB's original report is HERE.)

Five men, all identified as members of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang, allegedly fled from the van and were arrested after being found on a nearby rooftop.

Angelo Perry, 22, of Roseland; Harold Wade, 21, of West Garfield Park;  and Christian Buie, 23, Jeramie Murry, 25, and Mychael Williamson, 18, all of Humboldt Park, are each charged with one count of trespassing and one count of theft of lost or mislaid property.

Bail for each is set at $10,000.

Members of the Chicago Police Department’s auto theft special prosecution unit reviewed the case, but did not find enough evidence to pursue felony charges.

All of the men have criminal records, with narcotics possession and distribution being a common theme.

Stolen catalytic converters are resold for scrap at $80 to $120 a pop.
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39 comments:

  1. CWB, in your opinion, why would the CPD's auto theft prosecution unit not have enough evidence to charge these upstanding young gentlemen with felonies? Do we need video evidence and eye witnesses for everything now?

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    1. What is CPDS special prosecution unit??? Do you mean State of Illinois states attorney's office?

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    2. The name of the office comes directly from the police reports.

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  2. "...one count of theft of lost or mislaid property."

    WHAT? 24 catalytic converters = 1 count? And I know I'm stating the obvious here, but if my catalytic converter is attached to my car and someone CUTS IT OFF WITH A SAW, it's not lost or mislaid, it's STOLEN. What the heck? They got these guys dead to rights with stolen property and the tool used to commit the crime, so why the heck aren't they being charged with possession of STOLEN property?

    I just don't understand what's going on here with prosecuting criminals. They practically handed a slam dunk to prosecution and they're barely being charged with squat. THIS is the lesson the prosecution wants to teach criminals? Even if we catch you with a bunch of stolen property, don't worry, we'll charge you with jaywalking, beat you with a wet noodle, and send you on your way with a sack lunch and a hot cup of cocoa. WHAT. THE. MOTHEREFFING. CRAP.

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    1. If there is no witness to identify any of these men as the person removing the converter from the car, you cant charge them with anything more. And if the police beat them with a wet noodle, Eric Holder or the Cook County States Atty would charge the police with a felony hate crime. Then boystown friend Thyer would sue them. Have a good day!

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    2. I agree. How does a person lose or mislay their catalytic converter?? This is completely asinine.

      Any incumbent who says they will be tough on crime need look no further than what is going on in our courts. These honor students will be back on the streets in no time.

      Sickening.

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    3. Mayor's office would say this was a case of "catalytic converters gone wrong."

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    4. I took my catalytic converter with me to the movie theatre last week, and I think I brought it along when we went to dinner at Steve and Diane's, and, oh yeah, I had my catalytic converter with me at Sunday school and church services a couple of weeks ago. So, yeah, I now can understand how if I "mislay" or "lose" my catalytic converter, it's "my bad," and a plus for the thief.

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  3. And how much does it cost for those poor folks that had their cars violated to replace those catalytic converters?

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    1. on the low end with a universal style cat and minimal pipe work 250. high end 700

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    2. Mine was sawed out from my car in Lakeview last year. Cost $1500. And it seems these thugs will get away with it. Sickening!

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  4. "One count of theft of lost or mislaid property." What? Maybe my car works differently, but I don't take my catalytic converter out and just leave it laying around where I could forget about it.

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    1. If your catalytic converter is stolen, unless you've etched your VIN number on it, we have no way of proving it's yours. So when we catch a bunch of idiots like those posted above? No way to track it to a specific vehicle. Our only choice is theft of lost or mislaid property.

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    2. Why does the law favor the criminal over the victim?

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    3. I don't write the laws, I enforce them. Talk to Sen. Cullerton.

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  5. Please pardon my ignorance, but how in the hell do you go about stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked (presumably) on the street?
    Jack it up. Sawzall the exhaust from under the car at night. Yank the thing out from there? Is that the M.O.?
    All for ($80 - $120) / 5 = $16-$24 per perp, before expenses.
    Doesn't seem exactly, well, lucrative. But what the heck do I know.

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    1. http://buff.ly/1DyVw66

      Takes no time for them.

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    2. Yeah, that's pretty much it, but they tend to go for SUVs more as they're already higher in stance and easier to lay under without having to jack it up.

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    3. Easier than you think with a sawzall.

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  6. That's actually quite impressive - see what they can do when they put their minds to it?

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  7. why not charge them with 24 counts?.....one per converter?.....I guess they must think we will miss them driving around lakeview

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  8. I was one of the victims of these thugs. I would like more information and can provide more information to you as well. How can we get these charges escalated? Clearly there should be 24 counts as they stole 24 catalytic converters. I know this will cost me at least $1000 to have repaired
    and my car cannot be driven because the exhaust system or what remains of it is hanging on the ground and it will catch on something and rip up the undercarriage of the car.

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  9. The bottom thug looks disappointed. Probably thought they said they were going to steal add some Cadillacs.

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  10. I'm sure they all learned a lesson and will turn their lives around, go to college and become honor roll students. Or not.

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    1. Let's hope that they are careful when they call their college counselors at night.

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  11. "Members of the Chicago Police Department’s auto theft special prosecution unit reviewed the case, but did not find enough evidence to pursue felony charges. All of the men have criminal records, with narcotics possession and distribution being a common theme."

    I guess there wasn't enough evidence, and besides, they all look like good boys to me, just beginning to turn their lives around, right? /vomit

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  12. Why are they not all charged with leaving the scene of an accident as well, which i believe is a felony in and of itself. They should all also be charge with 24 counts of possession of stolen property. This is a fucking joke. With these kind of penalties, I think i am going to go jack a bunch of catalytic converters. I do not have any priors, so i will definitely get off completely.

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  13. $10,000 only? Why not more? They're bosses make that money in a day.

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  14. This happened to my dad, and it cost close to a grand to get fixed. I know its not a felony but they have 24 of them. They should have 24 counts of the lesser crime then. Otherwise some other idiot is gonna see this and start doing it.

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  15. Sounds like the residents here need to take the law into their own hands. If the police aren't gonna do anything, its the only option to get rid of this scum. The courts don't even prosecute these criminals. I doubt they would charge an innocent victim with defending themselves since they don't even charge the criminals in the first place.

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    1. Our hands are tied on the charges, so don't blame us. Blame Anita Alvarez and her crew.

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    2. I completely understand that it's not the police. Its the prosecutors who drop charges for a guilty plea. If enough people complain, can they be indicted?

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  16. Its election season. There is incentive to create statistics showing crime is down. Its just a perception right?

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  17. What about the value of the theft? Because its well over $1000 worth of catalytic converters, shouldn't that in itself raise it to a felony???

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  18. I bet these idiots stole my wheels last year too.

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  19. I could swear I rememeber that these things can't be sold to scrap yards without an ID. Did that change? Felony should have been lodged against these "traveling" gang bangers. 24 of them in a van, a bunch of gang members...RICO! What's missing?conspiracy is obvious. Once again, Cops do their job and the prosecutor grabs the low hanging fruit. Ugh!

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  20. What a bunch of losers! Probably drivin around here lookin for more auto parts from unsuspecting
    Innocent ppl & vehicles. Why not charge them with 24counts thats jus ludicrous
    Letem out on low bond to do more damage.

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    1. Why do they all have jutted-out defiant chins in their mug shots? Ever noticed that is a common theme amongst thug-shots? Awwwww, they got caught. And JUST at the precise union of time, sun, moon, wind and stars when their lives were JUST beginning to get turned around. Such a shame, such a shame.

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