Catalytic Converter Thief Apprehended After Chase

Catalytic Converter Thief Apprehended After Chase

Catalytic Converter Thief Apprehended After Chase (Orland Park, IL) – On Thursday (01/27/22) at approximately 1:50 AM, the Orland Park Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Bettenhausen Dodge dealership lot located at 15941 94th Ave. An off-site security monitoring company observed a vehicle pull into the parking lot with its lights off.

As officers arrived, they observed a male, later identified as Tyree D. Johnston, walking
through the lot. Upon noticing the officers, Johnston fled the scene in his vehicle at a high
rate of speed headed southbound on 94th Ave. He proceeded to drive through a red light
at 167th St. and 94th Ave., striking another vehicle in the intersection. Johnston exited his
vehicle and began to flee on foot. He was located a short time later attempting to climb on
top of a shed in the 9300 Block of 167th Street and was taken into custody. No injuries were reported after the crash. Orland Fire responded and everyone involved refused treatment.

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Johnston’s Vehicle

Johnston’s vehicle was searched which lead to the discovery of five (5) catalytic converters,
a reciprocating saw, approximately 78 grams of cannabis which was packaged for sale,
and over $2,000 in cash. A Dodge Van parked at the Bettenhausen Dodge dealership was
subsequently found to have a missing catalytic converter that was removed by Johnston
prior to the officer’s arrival.

On Thursday (01/27/22), Johnston appeared at a bond hearing before the Honorable
Judge Havis at Bridgeview Courthouse. Thompson was issued a $50,000 Deposit Bond.
His next court appearance is Feb 15th, 2022 at Bridgeview Courthouse in room 103 at 9:30

AM.
Arrested:
Tyree D. Johnston (Male / 29 Years Old)
Chicago, IL 60443
Charges:
Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle Parts – Class 2 Felony
Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver – Class 4 Felony
Leaving the Scene of a Crash – Class A Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving – Class A Misdemeanor
Speeding more than 35 MPH over the posted limit – Class A Misdemeanor
Other traffic citations
Contact: Lieutenant Wayne Lee (708) 364-8116 or wlee@orlandpark.org
(All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Catalytic Converter Thief Apprehended After Chase

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