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Man and woman arrested for burglary following a police chase

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2012

Most thieves wouldn’t chose a Chevy mini van to be their get-a-away car but police say it was the wheels of choice for a pair from the Chicago area accused of stealing from several stores.

Shady Ali of Orland Park and Areil Gray of Chicago were arrested after allegedly leading police on a chase down Interstate 80 Saturday night.

Ali and Gray are accused of stealing merchandise from storage containers outside of Wal-Mart, Pomp’s Tire and LMK Fabrications in Ottawa.  Police say Ali was driving the van when officers tried to stop them Saturday night near Wal-Mart and Interstate 80.  Police say Ali lead them east on I-80 to Route 71 and Brown Bag Video in Ottawa.  Police say Ali drove around the business before returning to east bound I-80.

As the chase continued east on I-80 police say Gray tossed boxes of stolen items out of the van window.  The van slowed down after running over stop-sticks set up near the Marseilles exit and eventually crashed in the median.

Ali and Gray checked out at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Ottawa before going to the La Salle County Jail.  They faces several felony charges.

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