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Crime & Courts

Bond set at $50,000 for Chicago woman charged in Elmhurst auto theft

Jamesha McChristine, 19, of the 7900 block of South Langley Avenue, Chicago, is charged with stealing a woman's car from the driveway of an Elmhurst home.
Jamesha McChristine, 19, of the 7900 block of South Langley Avenue, Chicago, is charged with stealing a woman's car from the driveway of an Elmhurst home.

ELMHURST – Bond has been set for a Chicago woman accused of stealing a woman's car from the driveway of an Elmhurst home.

Jamesha McChristine, 19, of the 7900 block of South Langley Avenue, appeared in bond court Dec. 21, where Judge Joseph Bugos set the bond at $50,000 with 10 percent to apply, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's office.

It is alleged that at about 3 p.m. Dec. 20, McChristine was in a vehicle traveling on Grantley Avenue in Elmhurst with seven other people when she saw the victim exit her car and leave it running in the driveway, the release stated.

McChristine allegedly got out of the car she was in and entered the victim’s car through a door that was not fully closed, according to the release. It is alleged McChristine then drove away in the victim’s car, and the other seven individuals also fled the scene.

The victim allegedly witnessed McChristine steal her vehicle and immediately contacted the Elmhurst Police Department, the release stated.

It is alleged McChristine crashed the stolen vehicle into two parked cars in Elmhurst, as well as a fence and landscaping owned by the city of Elmhurst, according to the release.

She was apprehended following a car chase in Forest Park. While driving in Forest Park, McChristine allegedly crashed the vehicle into an apartment building and then attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended, the release stated.

The seven other individuals with McChristine were all apprehended and charged with misdemeanor offenses, according to the release.

“The brazen conduct alleged against this defendant is simply outrageous,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. "Thankfully, due to the outstanding work of the Elmhurst and Forest Park Police Departments, Ms. McChristine was apprehended and will now have to face the charges before her."

McChristine has been charged with unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle (Class 2 felony), criminal damage to property (Class 4 felony) and criminal damage to government-supported property (Class 4 felony), the release stated. Her next court date is scheduled for Jan. 2, 2018, in front of Judge Brian Telander.

“I am thankful for the citizens who alerted police and the dedicated officers who apprehended all 8 of the suspects,” Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth said in the release. “The Elmhurst police remain committed to the highest level of service and protection to our community.”

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