Detectives have identified and charged a Chicago man with stealing 13 high-end cars, worth almost $900,000, from a car dealership in Crystal Lake.
Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Richard Neumann said numerous vehicles were stolen from a car dealership in the 600 block of West Terra Cotta Avenue in Crystal Lake on July 11 and August 23.
The suspects were able to use reprogrammed ignition keys to steal several vehicles on the property during the July 11 incident, Neumann said.
Court documents show a 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat were stolen during the July 11 incident.
The three cars, which had a total value of $229,999, were stolen from Brilliance Honda, located at 680 West Terra Cotta Avenue in Crystal Lake.
During the August 23 incident, the suspects forced entry to the same car dealership, obtained the keys to additional vehicles on the property and stole them, Neumann said.
Court documents show a 2018 BMW M5, 2016 BMW X6, 2018 BMW M550, 2018 BMW 540, 2018 Audi S6, 2019 Audi Q8, 2015 Audi A8, 2016 Audi RS7, 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2011 Cadillac CTS-V were all stolen during the August 23 incident.
The 10 cars stolen on August 23 had a total value of $631,000. Both incidents occurred during the overnight hours.
In total, 13 vehicles with a total value of $860,999 were stolen from the dealership, court documents show.
Neumann said that forensic evidence was collected that connected Joshua Smith, 23, of the 7100 block of Whipple Street in Chicago, to both incidents.
On Monday, an arrest warrant was issued for Smith charging him with 16 counts of theft, ranging from Class 1 and Class 2 felonies, and one count of burglary, a Class 2 felony.
The arrest warrant was served to Smith, who is confined in the DuPage County Jail for a separate case.
Crystal Lake police say their case is ongoing and remains under active investigation.