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Chicago men, woman crash car while fleeing police in Plainfield

3 accused of stealing more than $300 worth of merchandise from Plainfield Target

Two Chicago men and a Chicago woman were arrested Friday morning after trying to steal more than $300 worth of merchandise from a Plainfield Target location turned into a police chase that ultimately ended in a crash, police said.
Two Chicago men and a Chicago woman were arrested Friday morning after trying to steal more than $300 worth of merchandise from a Plainfield Target location turned into a police chase that ultimately ended in a crash, police said.

PLAINFIELD — Two Chicago men and a Chicago woman were arrested Friday morning when their attempt to steal more than $300 worth of merchandise from a Plainfield Target location turned into a police chase that ultimately ended in a crash, police said.

Plainfield police responded around 11:15 a.m. Friday to the Target store at 12800 S. Route 59 in Plainfield for a reported retail theft in progress, according to a news release from the Plainfield Police Department.

The alleged offenders were described as two men and a woman who fled the scene south on Route 59 in a red four-door pickup truck.

Police located a truck that matched the witness's description waiting to turn left from Route 59 to 135th Street and attempted to pull it over. The truck fled the scene, and police began to pursue it.

At the intersection of 135th Street and Essington Road, the truck struck two other cars and came to a rest. The driver, Krystal R. Saylor, 30, of the 7000 block of South Talman Avenue, Chicago, fled the scene on foot but was later caught, police said.

Robert Anthony Poole, 43, of the 300 block of West 24th Street, Chicago, and David J. Ciukaj, 44, of the 1700 block of North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, were also taken into custody. The three were evaluated first to ensure they were not injured in the crash.

Poole, Ciukaj and Saylor were transported to the Plainfield Police Department and later to the Will County jail, where they were awaiting a bond hearing Saturday morning. Police said the trio was suspected of other similar incidents throughout the Chicago area.

Poole and Ciukaj were charged with retail theft. Online court records show the value of the merchandise stolen was more than $300. Saylor was also charged with numerous traffic violations, fleeing an officer and causing an accident with injuries.

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