Man charged with allegedly stealing car

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 04, 2012 6:30 AM

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A Chicago man has been charged with allegedly stealing a car left running.

Lawrence Coleman, 19, was charged June 1 with first-degree theft.

According to a Johnson County Sheriffs' Office complaint, Coleman allegedly took a vehicle left running in front of a service station. Law-enforcement officials chased Coleman on foot after he exited the vehicle and hid in heavy brush.

Police officials arrested Coleman shortly after that , and he allegedly admitted to attempting to take the car to Chicago, the complaint said.

First-degree theft is a Class-C felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000.

— by Amy Skarnulis

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