Schaumburg police on Sunday afternoon arrested two teen boys believed to have stolen a car that was left running in a driveway and later was involved in a collision outside a nearby liquor store.
The car was stolen during the 3 p.m. hour from a driveway on the 500 block of Willington Drive, Schaumburg Deputy Police Chief Paul Rizzo said.
A couple of ours later, the stolen car was backing up in a parking lot on the 2300 block of West Bode Road when it struck another vehicle passing behind it, Rizzo said. An employee of the liquor store told police four people in the stolen car fled after the collision.
With the assistance of Hoffman Estates and Streamwood police, officers trailed a 15-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy to a bank parking lot on Golf Road in Hoffman Estates, Rizzo said. One of the teens is from Elgin, while the other resides in the same Schaumburg neighborhood where the car was stolen, police said.
Rizzo said the boys told police they had been searching cars for valuables they could steal when they came across one that was unlocked and running.
Based on information the boys gave them, police believe the two other people in the car at the time of the collision were adults and that at least one of them lives in a different part of Schaumburg.
Neither of adult suspects was in custody as of Monday morning, Rizzo said.
He added that this was a good opportunity to remind people to lock their vehicles and not to leave valuables inside whether the vehicle is locked or not.
"It takes five seconds to steal a running car," he said.