Rockford teen charged after stolen-vehicle chase near Campton Hills
A 15-year-old boy from Rockford faces possession of a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated fleeing and eluding police charges, after a police chase near Campton Hills early Monday morning.
Campton Hills police called to the 40W400 block of Carl Sandburg Road at about 2 a.m. were told by a woman that her car had been burglarized, and described the vehicle the suspects were driving, authorities said. A Kane County sheriff's deputy unsuccessfully tried to stop the vehicle near Route 64 and Campton Hills Road, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
After authorities learned the vehicle had been stolen in Rockton, a sheriff's deputy deployed a spike strip near Route 47 and Conners Road to puncture the vehicle's tires. Four juveniles from Rockford were arrested, but only one was charged. The other three were released to the custody of their parents and guardians.
Sheriff Ron Hain said the amount of pursuits deputies have been involved in more than doubled from 2019 to 2020. That's why the office has provided spike strips to most of its patrol deputies, he said.
Campton Hills Police Chief Steven Millar reminded residents to lock their vehicles and close their garage doors. The burglarized car, which was parked on a driveway, was unlocked, according to Hain.
The teens also are suspected of burglarizing cars in Sugar Grove and Pingree Grove, Hain said Tuesday.