Three men have been charged with driving a stolen car from Chicago to Woodstock, and burglarizing a home in the northwest suburb.
A neighbor called police about 9:20 a.m. to report suspicious activity at the home in the 400 block of Oakwood Avenue, Woodstock police said.
When officers arrived, they saw three men, who were not the homeowners, burglarizing the home, police said. The suspects ran away, but two of the three were apprehended a short time later in the area.
Kentrell J. Leggitt, 18; and 40-year-old Bashiek Stovall have both been charged with residential burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, and theft of a firearm, according to a police. Leggitt also faces a charge of possession of a stolen firearm, and misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and resisting a peace officer; while Stovall was also charged with resisting an officer.
Video surveillance from inside the home shows Leggitt, Stovall and the third suspect, who was wearing a mask and hood, inside the home for more than two minutes, collecting property they intended to steal, police said. At one point, the masked suspect was carrying a rifle case that contained a shotgun.
When officers arrived, the suspects escaped through the bathroom window and back door, police said. Stovall was found hiding in the backyard of a nearby home, and Leggitt was apprehended in Ryder’s Woods Park.
Investigators later discovered the three men drove to Woodstock from Chicago in a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Chicago, police said.
The loaded Ruger .380 LCP pistol was stolen from the home and Leggitt threw it next to a wood pile while running away, police said. Despite a search by police K-9 units from both the Woodstock police and McHenry County sheriff’s office, the third suspect was able to evade capture.
Because of the incident’s close proximity to a school, Community Unit School District 200 was temporarily placed on a soft lockdown as a precaution.
The investigation later revealed the third suspect was picked up from a nearby grocery store less than an hour after the incident, police said. While meeting with relatives of Stovall, investigators learned his identity was 19-year-old Amire Rose, a nephew of Stovall.
Rose was arrested about 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the 7800 block of South Essex, police said.
Rose, who lives at an unknown address in Chicago, has been charged with residential burglary, theft of a firearm and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, all felonies, police said. He also faces misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and resisting a peace officer.
Leggitt, of the 7600 block of South Phillips, has been ordered held at the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility on a $100,000 bond; while Stovall, of the 2500 block of East 77th Street, was ordered held on $80,000, and Rose on $100,000 bond, police said.