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Police: Ex-Con Injures 2 Cops in Drug Store Rip-Off and Chase

Two Shorewood officers landed in the hospital but captured an alleged shoplifter after a chase up Route 59.

An alleged shoplifter police say led officers on a treacherous pursuit through three towns got out of prison less than a year ago after doing time for stealing.

Anthony Thompson, 40, of 251 Marble St. in Joliet was jailed after crashing into a Route 59 ditch near 143rd Street Sunday evening.

Police from Shorewood, Plainfield and Channahon were chasing Thompson after he injured a Shorewood officer in the parking lot of the at the corner of River Road and Route 52, said Shorewood Police Chief Aaron Klima.

Employees of the store called the cops on Thompson about 4 p.m. when he stole either a CD or DVD player, Klima said. An officer "engaged" Thompson as he was leaving the store, Klima said, but the alleged thief was in a hurry to get going.

"This gentleman left his car running to make a quick getaway," the chief said.

So quick a getaway, Klima said, that Thompson backed into one parked car and then pinned an officer between his vehicle and another.

"Luckily, he wasn't severely injured, but he's going to be sore for a while," Klima said of the officer. "It could have been a lot worse."

Thompson took off, police said, eventually heading north on Route 59 through Joliet and into Plainfield. Along the way, Klima said, squad cars pulled alongside the fleeing vehicle with officers making eye contact with Thompson and shouting for him to stop.

"This guy refused all lights and sirens," he said.

Near 143rd Street, Thompson abruptly braked and his car ended up in a ditch. Klima said he believes the fugitive planned to bail and make a run for it, but was thwarted when his door got stuck against a Plainfield police car close alongside.

Two Shorewood squad cars were damaged and another officer was hurt by the violent end to the chase, the chief said.

"I'm just worried about our guys," he said. "That's our most precious resource."

Local woman Lori Janiec witnessed the aftermath of the pursuit and crash as she drove south on Route 59 with her husband. In addition to the two damaged Shorewood squad cars, about a half-dozen unmarked vehicles were on the scene and one of the northbound lanes was closed, Janiec said.

"It was quite the sight with all the lights," she said.

Thompson and the two officers were transported to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, where all three received treatment and were released from care.

As soon as he got out of the hospital, Thompson was taken to the Plainfield police station and then the Shorewood police station, where he was hit with charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer, aggravated fleeing, driving on a revoked or suspended license, and retail theft.

Thompson, who is still on parole following his November 2010 release from prison, was then taken to the Will County jail.

Thompson has done state time for such offenses as retail theft, driving on a revoked or suspended license, domestic battery, attempting to disarm a police officer and possession of a controlled substance.

Joe Walczak October 24, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Back to the CLINK where he belongs. Luckily the officers were not seriously injured. So much for the theory of rehabilitation in the prison systems.
Trisha October 24, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Why do they always refer to these thugs as "gentleman", when they are far from one?
S Dian October 25, 2011 at 01:55 AM
I absolutely do not believe in early parole. Serve the time you were given. Period. Each of these infractions should be a separate count and the sentences that are associated with each be consecutive, not concurrent. The jack ass will probably get a public defender too at our expense. Obviously his last visit was not long enough, so throw away the key this time. Now our tax dollars have to fix everything he damaged.
S Dian October 25, 2011 at 01:56 AM
The closer this gets to home the more I'm liking the NRA.
Tim October 25, 2011 at 03:35 AM
The mayor of Channahon is going to be in federal court tomorrow(Tuesday), most likely entering a guilty plea, and the local 'news' here not only is not mentioning it, they are trying to pull in news from other towns. Can the people of this local patch finally stop pretending to be journalists now?
Deanna Whalen October 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Another thank you to the Shorewood Police Department for doing a great job. Once again, you guys rock!! Thank you. fyi: Epsom salt bath will help relieve the sore muscles. May God continue to bless you all.
Walter Anderson October 25, 2011 at 01:47 PM
A fine example of the Shorewood Police doing their job at the expense of personal injury.
Dawn Aulet (Editor) October 25, 2011 at 04:53 PM
There was no pulling in news from other towns. If you read the story, you would notice that police from Channahon were involved in this arrest. And you are correct that Joe Cook appeared in court this morning. Here is a link to the story. http://channahon-minooka.patch.com/articles/village-president-joe-cook-pleads-guilty-to-failing-to-file-income-tax-returns
Lolita October 26, 2011 at 07:05 AM
Since Dawn sent you the link to what you *thought you knew,* can you please stop pretending to know what you're talking about now?

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