On 03-31-2020 at approximately 3:00 a.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of West Sycamore Street in reference to a report of a theft of a motor vehicle. The victim left their unoccupied vehicle running while delivering newspapers on foot at a residence. While the victim was away from the vehicle, two males in their early teens entered the vehicle and locked the doors. The victim attempted to regain control of the vehicle and one of the suspects threatened the victim while displaying a knife. The suspects drove away in the vehicle south on Smith Street. The victim reported there was also a third suspect in the area and he fled westbound of foot on West Sycamore Street when the vehicle left the area.
The suspects were described as a black male with a dark complexion, who was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and a black male with a light complexion, who was wearing a gray sweatshirt. The third suspect, who fled on foot, was only described as a white male. Officers located the vehicle, unoccupied, a few hours later in the 400 block of North Springer Street. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident. The investigation into the incident is active and ongoing.
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