Police search for vehicle thieves, come up empty

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 24, 2003

From Tribune staff reports

Police used a boat last night to chase car thieves they believed fled to Fountain Lake, but they could not find them.

Two men, who police believe are juveniles, ransacked a home on Brookside Drive and stole a green Ford Expedition, police said. The keys were in the truck when it was stolen.

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The time of the theft isn’t clear, but the owner of the SUV found it missing sometime after 9 p.m., after returning from work.

Officers saw the vehicle at Richway Avenue and Lakewood Avenue around 9:30, and got the description of the stolen vehicle minutes later.

They turned around and found the car abandonned at Brookside Circle with its lights on. A police dog tracked the pair to Fountain Lake. A boat was used to search the shoreline, but police did not find the perpetrators.