Three young men from Chicago were arrested on Monday Nov. 27 and charged with burglarizing and stealing multiple vehicles in Elmhurst, according to police.
23-year-old Deanthony Webb, 21-year-old Deonte Daniel and 19-year-old Tyrone Wilson were the subjects of a brief police manhunt after authorities responded to a call from a local Elmhurst woman alleging that her car had been broken into and her wallet stolen.
A later investigation revealed the three men allegedly broke into 20 cars and garages and stole items before fleeing in two stolen cars.
According to the Elmhurst Police Department, the ensuing car chase between the men and police led to one of the cars crashing with a police vehicle. The other vehicle then crashed into a house. The three men, as well as an unidentified fourth man, were forced to flee on foot.
Elmhurst police then searched the area and found Daniel in a garage with a loaded handgun also being recovered on the scene.
Authorities then found Webb and Wilson walking down a nearby street. All three suspects were charged with three counts of burglary and one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The three were then taken to DuPage County Jail and given a bond of $250,000.
The three suspects all have previous arrests and one of the suspects was on parole at the time of arrest.
The fourth suspect has yet to be found.
The ordeal prompted a campus-wide email by the Office of Campus Security warning the campus community that the fourth suspect was still at large and could be in the area near EC.
The email described the unidentified fourth suspect as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and approximately 20 years old wearing an NFL Jacksonville Jaguar shirt and jeans.
State’s Attorney Robert Berlin told Patch.com that these burglaries are a part of a larger trend of similar crimes happening in the fringe parts of the Chicago area.
“In recent months, we have seen an increase in the type of brazen behavior alleged in this case throughout the Chicagoland area, particularly in the collar counties,” he said.
“The fact that the defendants in this case were quickly apprehended and are now facing a substantial amount of time behind bars if convicted sends the message that if you commit such a crime in DuPage County, you will be held responsible for your actions.”