Teamwork and a new strike-strip device ended a potentially dangerous stolen vehicle chase Monday in Campton Hills.
According to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release, Campton Hills police responded at around 2 a.m. Monday (July 26, 2021) to a report of a motor vehicle burglary that had just occurred in the 40W400 block of Carl Sandburg Road.
The victim was able to provide police with a vehicle description after the offender had removed items from her vehicle and began to drive away.
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said a sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of IL Route 64 and Campton Hills Road, but the offender kept driving.
A deputy was able to deploy a spike strip device to disable the vehicle’s tires in the area of IL Route 47 and Conners Road, bringing the pursuit to an end.
Four juveniles from the Rockford area were taken into custody. One 15-year-old from Rockford was charged as a juvenile with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and two counts of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding.
The other juveniles were released to their parents or guardians. The stolen property from the vehicle burglary was recovered.
Hain said the number of Sheriff’s Office pursuits more than doubled from 2019 to 2020. Due to the increase, the Sheriff’s Office provided the stop stick device to most patrol deputies, along with enhanced user training in an effort to curb the surge in chases.
“This incident is a shining example of teamwork by properly equipped and trained law enforcement officers, bringing a serious crime to a successful and safe closure,” he said.
Campton Hills Police Chief Steven Millar thanked the Sheriff’s Office for the assistance.
“I am grateful for the close working relationship the Campton Hills Police Department has with the Sheriff’s Office,” he said. “These burglaries should serve as a reminder to lock your vehicles and close your garage doors.”
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release