Car thief busted after victim tracks him down and literally sits on him until cops arrive, prosecutors say

Jose Guinto | CPD

A ten-time convicted felon who stole a delivery driver’s car was arrested after the vehicle’s co-owner used GPS to track it down and then literally sat on the thief until police arrived, according to prosecutors.

The delivery driver reportedly left his car running with the keys inside as he made a delivery on the Far North Side around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. It was gone when he came back, so he called the car’s co-owner for help.

That man used a location app to find the stolen car on the 2700 block of West Glenlake in West Rogers Park a short time later. As the co-owner arrived, he saw 55-year-old Jose Guinto going through the car’s trunk, prosecutors said. The owner pushed Guinto to the ground, sat on top of him, and called 911, according to prosecutors. He was still sitting on Guinto when cops rolled up to make the arrest.

Police searched Guinto’s backpack and found the delivery driver’s phone, money, ID, and credit cards, prosecutors said. He allegedly had the car’s keys in his pants pocket. Prosecutors charged him with possessing a stolen motor vehicle and burglary.

Guinto was on bond for a pending felony case of possessing a stolen motor vehicle at the time of the incident. His lengthy felony record includes convictions for burglary, theft, forgery, unlawful use of a weapon, and other crimes dating back to 1995, prosecutors said.

Judge David Navarro ordered Guinto held without bail for violating terms of bail in the pending case. Navarro set bail in the new stolen motor vehicle case at $10,000.

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