WHEATON – The Wheaton Police Department is investigating the Sept. 6 theft of 15 Apple iPads valued at $7,500 from the Target store at 601 S. County Farm Road in Wheaton that could be connected to other Target thefts in the area.
At 9:49 p.m. Sept. 6, the three suspects were seen next to a glass case in the store's electronics area containing Apple iPads, according to a Wheaton police report. One of the suspects – a black man wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt – bent down and broke the glass with a hammer, the report stated. All three suspects then grabbed all the iPads within the glass case and ran out of the store, according to the report.
Another suspect was described as a black man wearing a dark sweatshirt, and the third suspect was described as a black man wearing a yellow reflective safety vest. When the suspects ran out of the store, they dropped a white-colored nylon netting style bag, according to the report. The bag was then entered into evidence.
A Target loss prevention officer told police he recognized the suspects from other Target loss prevention bulletins. Prior to the Wheaton theft, the suspects had been seen at a Target store in Villa Park, the report stated.
The suspects were last seen getting into a black-colored compact vehicle identified as a Ford Focus headed toward a Boston Market restaurant, according to the report. The vehicle had no front plate, and the rear plate had dark-colored tape over it.
The car subsequently drove east on Roosevelt Road. A Wheaton police officer briefly attempted to stop the car but terminated the chase seconds later because of unsafe speeds and maneuvers by the suspect vehicle, the report stated. Local police departments were notified of the offending vehicle.
The Glen Ellyn Police Department also attempted to stop the vehicle but had to terminate its efforts because of the vehicle's high rate of speed, according to the report.