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Police still searching for car theft suspect

A man fled after crashing into a traffic signal Wednesday in Crystal Lake.
A man fled after crashing into a traffic signal Wednesday in Crystal Lake.

Police still are searching for a man who fled on foot Wednesday night after stealing a car in Cary and crashing into a traffic signal in Crystal Lake, Cary Deputy Police Chief Jim Fillmore said Friday morning.

“No information has come in yet,” Fillmore said. “We’ve gathered some items, but we are going to have to wait for the results to come back. Sometimes that can take a long time actually with the backlog.”

A woman stopped at Bob’s Amoco BP Station, 400 Silver Lake Road, Cary, and was away from her vehicle when the male suspect jumped into her car and drove off about 9 p.m., Fillmore said.

About 9:30 p.m., a car crashed into a traffic signal at Randall Road and McHenry Avenue, knocking out power to the traffic controls, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Derek Hyrkas said.

A McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy later found the crashed car, and when the deputy approached the car, the man inside took off on foot, deputy Sandra Rogers said.

The suspect has shoulder-length blond hair and was wearing jeans and a camouflage jacket, Fillmore said.

Anyone with information should call the Cary Police Department at 847-639-2341, the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620 or McHenry County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-762-7867.

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