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Crime & Courts

Chicago woman charged in Elmhurst auto theft pleads not guilty

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. She has pleaded not guilty on all charges.
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. She has pleaded not guilty on all charges.

ELMHURST – A Chicago woman accused of stealing a woman's car from the driveway of an Elmhurst home has pleaded not guilty on all charges.

Jamesha McChristine, 19, of the 7900 block of South Langley Avenue, entered her not guilty plea Jan. 16 at her arraignment hearing before DuPage County Judge John Kinsella.

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), according to a Dec. 21, 2017, news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. Judge Joseph Bugos set the bond Dec. 21 at $50,000 with 10 percent to apply.

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.

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.

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