Police: Car Thieves Targeted Rival Bowler
When a member of the opposing team set his keys down during a game at Brunswick Zone, the men saw their opportunity to strike, according to police.
Romeoville police arrested two Chicago-area men last week in connection with a December 2011 car theft.
Demetrius D. Booker, 21, of the 400 block of Hyde Park Avenue, Bellwood, and Edmond D. Clemons, 38, of the 1600 block of South Central Park, Chicago, were arrested April 25 and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle was stolen after a Dec, 22, 2011, bowling match between two teams at Brunswick Zone XL, police said.
According to Assistant Chief Steve Lucchesi, the three teammates plotted to steal the car after a member of the opposing team set his keys down on a table.
Lucchesi said Booker, Clemons and a third, unnamed suspect were part of the plot, with one of the men grabbing the keys after the unsuspecting victim set them down.
Surveillance video shows one of the car thieves follow the man out to his car, where he quickly realized he did not have his keys. When he went inside to look for them, the thief signaled to his two accomplices to let them know which vehicle to target. The men then came outside, got into the vehicle and drove off, Lucchesi said.
Booker and Clemons are being held in lieu of $5,000 bail at the Will County jail. Both men are due in court May 16.
Lucchesi would not identify the third man believed to be involved in the theft, but said a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
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