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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Bond Set for Two Cook County Residents Accused of Burglary and Theft of High-End Vehicle

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Hinsdale Chief of Police Brian King announced today that bond has been set for an adult, and a juvenile has been ordered detained, both of whom have been charged with burglary and theft of a high-end vehicle from two Hinsdale auto dealerships. RaJohn Stewart, 24 (d.o.b. 1/9/1997) of the 100 block of Williamsburg Road, County Club Hills, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $250,000 with 10% to apply. Additionally, Judge Brian Jacobs ordered that a Cook County juvenile allegedly involved in the crime be held in custody until at least his next court date. Both Stewart and the juvenile have been charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 1 Felony), two counts of Burglary (Class 2 Felony), two counts of Attempted Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony) and two counts of Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property.           
             On May 17, 2021, at approximately 2:21 a.m., Hinsdale Police Department patrol units responded to an activated burglar alarm at Land Rover/Jaguar of Hinsdale Auto Dealership, 336 E. Ogden Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers found a broken window in an overhead garage door with glass inside. While investigating at the Land Rover/Jaguar dealership, officers were dispatched to another alarm at Continental Motor Sports, 420 E. Ogden Avenue. At Continental Motor Sports, officers found a broken window at the dealership and a running 2018 red Ferrari convertible, valued at more than $250,000, driven outside of the service bay into the rear lot. It is alleged that when officers encountered an individual with a crowbar next to the padlock on the rear gate, the individual ran to and entered a nearby car and fled the scene. It is alleged that a Hinsdale squad car made contact with the fleeing vehicle and disabled it at which time three individuals fled the vehicle on foot. It is further alleged that one of the fleeing men, later identified as the juvenile, exited the vehicle with a gun in his hand. After a brief foot pursuit, the juvenile and Stewart were taken into custody. Following a search of the area, officers located a 9 mm pistol and a thirty-round extended 9 mm magazine. It is further alleged that a fourth individual was in the rear lot of Continental Motor Sports and fled on foot when the officers arrived. An investigation into the matter also found that the vehicle in which the men allegedly fled the scene was reported stolen out of Chicago on May 9, 2021.         
            “Law enforcement in DuPage County continues their outstanding work as we battle this ongoing epidemic of car thefts which has claimed more than 125 vehicles in 2021 so far from Chicago metropolitan area dealerships alone,” Berlin said. “I commend the Hinsdale Police Department for their quick response to the alleged break-in at both dealerships and for their professionalism and restraint displayed while pursuing the suspects. Car thieves have gotten more brazen in their attempts and continue to thumb their nose at the law. In fact, the juvenile charged today currently has multiple pending felony cases against him. I want to warn any would-be car thieves that in DuPage County we do not tolerate this type of behavior and will prosecute anyone suspected of such to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of their age. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alyssa Rabulinski and Jennifer Lindt for their efforts in preparing a strong case against these defendants.”      
            “I would like to recognize the professionalism of the initial responding officers from the Hinsdale and Oak Brook Police Departments,” King said. “Once cornered by the police, this young man exited the stolen auto with a firearm in his hand and ignored an officer’s lawful orders to comply. This could have resulted in a tragic outcome. I applaud the professionalism and the restraint of the officers. I would also like to thank the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for recognizing the risk that this activity places on the residents and police officers in DuPage County.”               
            Stewart’s next court date is scheduled for June 4, 2021 for arraignment in front of Judge O’Hallaren Walsh. The juvenile’s next court date is scheduled for May 26, 2021, for a status hearing in front of Judge Jacobs.
             An investigation into the matter continues. Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the Hinsdale Police Department at (630) 789-7089.       
             Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.         
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