It happened overnight at 4800 block of N 2nd st in Loves Park at the Clayton House Motel. We have been told it was to the business, but police have yet to confirm that. The suspect is a black male, wearing all dark clothing and a ski mask, armed with a gun. Last seen running from the Clayton House Motel
In recent weeks we have gotten several reports of suspects stealing the catalytic converters off of vehicles in the Loves Park/Machesney park area.
Suspects are reported to be several black males in a dark colored truck (Suburban or similar) with tinted windows. They are stealing them overnight. The older black male does the theft while all the younger black males stay inside the vehicle.
1 suspect gets out of the vehicle while the rest are inside the truck and are lookouts and security if needed for the suspect. Reports are saying they are armed with a duffel bag that has the tools and a gun in it.
The photo below the suspects were able to remove 2 bolts but unsuccessfully the 3rd bolt, To get the converter.
Reports are saying a local business is buying these stolen catalytic converters. And are aware they are stolen. And still continue to buy them.
If you see anyone fitting this description or anyone suspicious call the police. Or you can relay a tip to us anonymously and we can relay it to the police for you.
Sources are reporting a suspicious person who was attempting to break into a house in Machesney park a little bit ago. It happened in the neighborhood around Windsor and Elm. A black male came up to his door and was looking in his windows. It looks like he noticed the camera and took off. Below is the RING camera video.