Richard D. Soriano Jr., 19, of Brookfield, faces a pair of felony charges after he allegedly stole two vehicles from area residents in the past week.
Police arrested Soriano on Wednesday afternoon after allegedly crashing a stolen 2005 Dodge Caravan into a parked car in the 4100 block of Elm Avenue in Brookfield at about 2:40 p.m.
According to police, Soriano was not attempting to flee police when he crashed the car. He was simply a bad driver.
Lyons police reported that the Caravan was stolen on Tuesday afternoon from the 4100 block of Konrad Avenue. The vehicle’s owner had left the unlocked van warming up in the driveway and discovered it missing at about 3:30 p.m.
The following day, Soriano allegedly was driving that van when he plowed into a parked 2011 Audi SUV, whose owner was home to hear the loud crash.
When the Audi’s owner went outside to investigate the noise, he reportedly saw the Caravan trying to reverse. Then he saw a person dressed in a dark top and gray pants climb out of van through the passenger side. The person stood by the van for a bit and then began walking away southbound on Elm Avenue.
The owner of the Audi called police, who located Soriano walking in the 4200 block of Grove Avenue, near Lincoln School. He was apprehended after a short foot chase and identified by the witness, according to police.
While interviewing Soriano after the arrest, police said he admitted to stealing a maroon Chrysler Town and Country van from the 4000 block of Prairie Avenue on the afternoon of Feb. 15.
That vehicle had been left running and unattended while parked on the street. The vehicle’s owner had left it running, because it had needed its battery jumped. The owner went inside his home and fell asleep, waking up an hour later to find the van had been stolen.
Brookfield police Lt. James Episcopo said that the Town and Country van has not been recovered. Soriano reportedly told police he had driven it to Chicago’s Near South West Side where he abandoned it. However, when police went to check the area the van supposedly was abandoned, it wasn’t there.
Police charged Soriano with felony theft for the incident on Feb. 15. For the incident on Wednesday, he was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting arrest. Possession of a stolen motor vehicle is a Class 2 felony, punishable for up to seven years in prison, if convicted.
Soriano will appear in bond court on Friday at Maybrook.