Car Thieves Call Joliet Police After Vehicle Breaks Down: Cops

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JOLIET, IL — A pair of teenagers suspected of stealing someone’s automobile made it a lot easier for Joliet police officers to learn about the crime: they called authorities to notify them that their stolen car broke down along Route 59 on Thursday morning, according to police.

Joliet police arrested 19-year-old Kankakee resident Brian Perkins on charges of possessing a stolen vehicle and booked Perkins into the Will County Jail. His accomplice, a 16-year-old juvenile, faces the same charge. The juvenile was taken to the River Valley Juvenile Center on Joliet’s McDonough Street.

According to police, officers responded to a call involving a disabled vehicle in the 2100 block of Route 59, one of the city’s busiest roads. The 16-year-old driver called Joliet police to say that he and Perkins stole the car and it broke down, police spokesman Dwayne English noted.

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The two were taken into custody and the case involving the stolen vehicle is now being investigated by the Tri-County Auto Theft Task Force, which includes members of the Joliet Police Department.

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