Men suspected of stealing from vehicles found sleeping with masks on in Joliet, police say

Ed Lewis, Dequan Wayne-Deon Kohnke, and Montee Simpson Jr were also allegedly wearing gloves, police say.

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Three men are accused of stealing items from vehicles.

Three men were arrested Feb. 16, 2020, in the 6400 block of Baring Ridge Drive in Joliet.

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Police in Joliet say three men accused of stealing items from vehicles were found snoozing and wearing masks inside one of the cars Sunday in the southwest suburb. 

Ed Lewis, 18, Dequan Wayne-Deon Kohnke, 23, and 22-year-old Montee Simpson Jr. are each charged with possession of stolen property, according to Joliet police. Lewis is also charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, while Kohnke was also hit with an aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charge. 

The trio was found about 7:48 a.m. in the 6400 block of Baring Ridge Drive by officers responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle, police said. The men were found sleeping in the vehicle with gloves and masks on. 

Three men are charged with stealing items from vehicles in the suburbs.

Montee Simpson Jr (L), Ed Lewis (M), Dequan Wayne-Deon Kohnke (R)

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Officers saw “suspected cannabis in plain view” and found multiple items from stolen vehicles inside, police said. Kohnke was allegedly carrying a gun when he was searched. 

Investigators determined the stolen items were taken from vehicles in Joliet, Kane County, North Aurora and Oswego, police said. 

The men are being held at the Will County Jail, police said. Lewis and Simpson are each being held on $20,000 bail, while Kohnke’s bail was set at $50,000, according to court records. They are set to appear in court Wednesday. 

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