PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria Police have apprehended a teen suspect on Saturday morning after License Plate Readers located a stolen vehicle for the second time last week.
On Friday, License Plate Readers assisted members of the Special Investigations Division apprehend four juveniles who were in possession of a stolen vehicle.
Then, shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday, Peoria Police were assisted by License Plate Readers to locate a stolen vehicle in the 1100 block of S. Griswold, according to a press release sent Sunday.
When the vehicle was located, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the driver fled the scene. Later, officers saw the driver exit the vehicle on foot.
After a short pursuit, officers apprehended 18-year-old Andre D. Whitaker. A loaded handgun was found in his possession.
Whitaker was arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a handgun, defacing a firearm, obstructing an officer, possession of a stolen firearm, fleeing police, and several traffic violations. He was transported to Peoria County Jail.
If you have any information regarding any violent crimes, please contact the Peoria Police Department at (309) 673-4521, tip411 (anonymously), or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at (309) 673-9000.