A Chicago man who was charged in the theft of an automobile when he went to meet with his parole officer will be in court Wednesday in Rolling Meadows.
Syed M. Qadri, 21, of the 6500 block of North Francisco, was arrested around 1:50 p.m. May 20 at 3400 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago and charged with felony unlawful possession of a vehicle and felony unlawful failure to obey an order to stop.
According to police reports, Qadri admitted stealing an Audi A7 out of the parking lot at a Prospect Heights Walgreens on March 16. He also admitted stealing from various Walgreens in 2013 and 2014, police said.
Prospect Heights officers chased the Audi after a man stole merchandise from the Prospect Heights Walgreens on March 31. They did not catch the man, but they learned the vehicle had been stolen a couple of weeks earlier from the store's parking lot. They alerted other police agencies of the retail theft and that the car was stolen.
Mount Prospect officers were called to the Walgreens at 1028 S. Elmhurst Road around 7:15 p.m. April 17 for a theft in progress. They saw the stolen Audi speed through a red light at Algonquin Road and Briarwood Drive but ended the pursuit when the Audi was driven at 70 mph in a 45 mph speed zone, authorities said.
Qadri's name was known because he had given it to a Walgreens clerk when he returned an item to the Mount Prospect store in April, police reports said. An officer contacted Qadri's parole officer and asked him to request a meeting. Officers in an unmarked car staked out the parking lot and arrested Qadri when he arrived.
Qadri so far has been denied bail and is being held in Cook County jail.