Pregnant Woman with a Baby in Tow Leads Orland Cops on a Chase After Toy Store Theft
Police said a pregnant woman endangered the life of a baby girl after stealing diapers and toys. Two others are accused of aiding the theft and attempted get-away.
A pregnant woman accused of stealing from a toy store and trying to flee police took a baby girl along for the ride, according to Orland Park police.
On Jan. 26, an officer in the Toys R Us parking lot in an unmarked car spotted Jacklyn Dover rushing out of store, according to a police report.
From what the officer could see, Dover was pushing a cart full of diapers, clothing and video games without shopping bags. Dover threw the items in the back seat of a four-door car where the officer said he could see a man and woman waiting.
Police said they followed the car to LaGrange Road and tried to pull it over after it ran a red light and turned east on 149th Street heading toward Orland Square Mall. Dover then tossed a copy of the Guitar Hero video game out of the car window—which police later recovered—and kept driving, according to the report.
The car stopped abruptly outside Carson Pirie Scott, police said, and Dover fled on foot. The car drove away while the officer ran after Dover, who was caught a few yards away by backup police officers, according to the report.
Police said the three adults plus a 3-year-old child who was strapped in the backseat of the car without a car seat were taken to the police station.
Dover, 27, of the 6600 block of Michigan Avenue, was charged with endangering the life of a child and felony retail theft. The retail value of the items totaled $931, a Toys R Us manager told police. The state’s attorney’s office upgraded Dover’s charges to felony retail theft after police obtained a copy of the toy store's surveillance footage.
The driver, Kenneth P. Paterimos, 42, was also charged with endangering the life of a child, as well as reckless driving and attempting to elude police. A passenger in the car, Erica L. Madding, 28, was charged with theft. Madding and Paterimos share an address in the 100 block of Ridgeview Court in Bradley.
Dover, who is several weeks pregnant, was taken to the hospital for inspection, police said. So was Paterimos upon his own request, police said.
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