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T.J. Kremer III, Editor
2:01 pm CST January 15, 2020

At approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, Mokena Police and Will County Sheriff’s Police actively engaged vehicle burglary suspects in the Foxborough and Rivendell subdivisions, according to a press release sent out Wednesday, Jan. 15, by the Village.

It was reported that the suspects fled in stolen vehicles and on foot. Two black males reportedly occupied a silver 2017 Jeep Cherokee that was reported stolen out of Joliet, according to Mokena Police Commander Chris Carlson. A third black male suspect was in a white Kia, which crashed into a ditch near the scene, Carlson said. That suspect fled on foot and evaded capture by reportedly stealing an unoccupied car left running in a driveway off of Schoolhouse Road.

Police pursued the suspects in the Jeep to LaPorte and LaGrange Roads, where the pursuit was then called off by Will County Sheriff's deputies, Carlson said.

Mokena Police Chief Steve Vaccaro said no arrests were made.

The release went on to recognize the ongoing concerns tied to vehicle burglaries and thefts that are occurring in Mokena and neighboring communities, and stated police are "continuing to dedicate a high level of resources and attention to this activity," pledging "to continue to give this criminal activity our full attention.”

Residents are being encouraged to stay vigilant, locking their vehicles, and remove any keys and valuables.

Residents are also being asked to become a part of Mokena Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Program and voluntarily participate in its video surveillance registry.

For questions or to participate in the Neighborhood Watch Program or video surveillance registry, call (708) 479-3912.