Two people in a white Infiniti were caught on camera stealing a catalytic converter from a woman’s car while she lunched at Chili’s on the 7000 block of Cermak Road last Thursday.
The same Infiniti is believed to have been involved in catalytic converter thefts in Schaumburg and Mount Prospect last month, North Riverside police said.
According to reports, Chili’s managers approached a woman who left the restaurant while she was walking to her car and told her a witness had reported seeing someone tampering with her Hyundai.
She started the car and discovered the catalytic converter had been stolen.
An investigation showed the incident had been caught on a CCTV camera. The footage showed two people in the Infiniti pull up to the Hyundai. They got out of the rear passenger door, pulled a jack out of the trunk, and used it to jack up the car and remove the catalytic converter. They then fled the scene.
In the related incident in Mount Prospect, police said, a jack was recovered at the scene and a credit card was stolen.
An investigation is ongoing.
Hair products swiped from JC Penney
A man was charged with theft last week after he and a woman he was with stuffed nine hair products into a backpack and walked out of JC Penney in North Riverside without paying for the items, police said.
According to North Riverside police, the pair selected the hair-care items, put them in the bag and walked out—but they were stopped at the door.
The products were valued at $270.
The man, who appears to have no prior criminal background, was ticketed and is expected in court in October.
These items were obtained from the North Riverside Police Department reports, dated Sept. 19-25, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.
Compiled by Landmark staff