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Police: Wauconda stolen vehicle leads to shots fired

WAUCONDA — Wauconda Police are asking the community for help in locating those responsible for a pair of vehicle thefts that led to shots being fired from one of those vehicles, police said.

About 8:56 p.m. Jan. 12, Wauconda Police were dispatched to the report of a stolen vehicle in the 500 block of Brown Street, according to a news release.

The owner of a stolen black Dodge Challenger learned of the theft as it was occurring and pursued the offenders in a family member’s vehicle, police said. As he pursued his stolen vehicle, the owner and offenders traveled at a high rate of speed through multiple intersections on Route 176 and Slocum Lake Road in addition to the surrounding area.

At some point, the owner realized he was being followed by a gray Toyota and eventually wound up behind this vehicle, which was later determined to be stolen as well, police said.

In the area of Routes 176 and 12, at least one occupant of the gray Toyota fired several rounds out of the vehicle. It is believed that nothing was hit and the owner of the black Dodge Challenger was not injured.

In the meantime, the black Dodge Challenger was located by a Wauconda officer in the Country Ridge subdivision. The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled. The officer pursued the vehicle into Ingleside and eventually terminated as the risk to apprehend the offenders did not outweigh public safety, police said.

The department is seeking information from the community regarding this incident. If anyone has any doorbell camera or other video footage, especially in the Country Ridge subdivision, please contact the Wauconda Police Department at 847-526-2421 ext. 8128. In addition, police encourage any witnesses to contact the department to provide information.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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