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Police arrested Ryan Grzadziel, 20, of the 8800 block of Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, and Cindy Torres, 18, of Addison, on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and criminal trespass to a motor vehicle. Torres was also charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding police and was issued a number of traffic citations in connection with the incident.
A Burbank man told police he looked out the bedroom window of his home in the 7800 block of South Mulligan Avenue around 4 a.m. Saturday morning, just in time to see the alleged car thieves making off with his girlfriend’s blue 2000 Jeep Cherokee.
A Bridgeview police officer sighted the blue Cherokee driving on Harlem Avenue a short time after dispatchers broadcast a description of the stolen vehicle.
When the officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, the Jeep fled westbound on 87th Street. Bridgeview and Hickory Hills units were able to stop the Cherokee in the 7800 block of 87th Street after a brief chase, according to Dudlo.
Dudlo said when Burbank officers arrived at the Mulligan Avenue home, they found an unoccupied white 2001 Jeep Cherokee idling at the curb next to the spot where the blue Cherokee had been parked.
According to Dudlo, Grzadziel and Torres left the white Cherokee behind when they took the blue Cherokee.
The pair stole the white Cherokee sometime after the owner parked the car around 8 p.m. Friday evening on Melvina Avenue near 85th Street, Dudlo said.
Grzadziel and Torres appeared for a bond hearing over the weekend at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building at 26th and California where Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set bail at $50,000 each.
Grzadziel’s next court date is Oct. 13 in Bridgeview. Torres is due back in court on Sept. 23 in Bridgeview.