Man stole tow truck, then called 911 to complain because victim pulled a gun on him, prosecutors say

Elliott Scott | CPD

A Grand Crossing man stole a towing company’s truck and then called 911 himself because he was upset that the truck’s driver dared to pull a gun on him, prosecutors said.

Elliott Scott, 22, is charged with aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, misdemeanor theft, and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

“Mr. Scott called 911?” a befuddled Judge Charles Beach asked prosecutors after hearing their allegations.

“Yeah,” Scott interjected. “Right.”

Scott’s defense attorney quickly advised him, “it’s not best to talk about the charges” in court.

Prosecutors said police responded to a call Tuesday after someone stole a flatbed tow truck operated by Chi-City Towing from the 7400 block of South Exchange. The company’s owner provided police with its GPS coordinates, and cops went to that location.

While police were on their way, “the defendant called 911 and said he stole a truck and he was upset because the owner pulled a gun on him,” an assistant state’s attorney told Beach during Scott’s bond court hearing Wednesday.

When cops found the truck, Scott was in the driver’s seat, prosecutors said. He was taken into custody.

Scott, 22, has no criminal background.

Beach said he would allow Scott to go home on electronic monitoring without requiring a cash bail because “he did not use a weapon during this matter. He called the police, apparently, upon himself.”

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