Woman ran from stolen car, got arrested at police station while trying to claim property she left behind: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Misdemeanor bond court sessions at Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago are usually mundane affairs. But our ears perked up as a prosecutor detailed the state’s criminal trespass to vehicle allegations against Santashia Reid last week. It was a weird one.

Reid was one of four people who bolted from a stolen Ford Explorer that crashed after going the wrong way in the 600 block of North Dearborn around 4:37 a.m. last Sunday, an assistant state’s attorney said during the hearing. Chicago cops found Reid hiding between a locked gate and a generator near the Hard Rock Cafe, 63 West Ontario.

The cops discovered that Reid was wearing an ankle monitor, but officials haven’t figured out why.

The prosecutor also detailed the allegations Reid faces in a pending felony stolen motor vehicle case in the suburbs.

He said Evanston police pulled over a stolen Volvo XC90 on February 23, and Reid bolted out of the driver’s seat, making good on her escape. Police found property inside the car, including Reid’s identification.

A few days later, Reid called the Evanston Police Department and asked for her property back, the prosecutor said. But an Evanston officer told her they gave the items to the Wilmette Police Department because the Volvo was stolen from their town. Reid hung up on the cop.

On March 3, Reid walked into the Wilmette Police Department and asked them to return her property. They arrested her instead.

She was not placed on electronic monitoring for that case, the prosecutor said during her misdemeanor bail hearing. He said he found a couple of juvenile arrests in her background, but records didn’t show her being placed on electronic monitoring for those either. He said her ankle monitor’s purpose was “unknown.”

At the end of her misdemeanor bail hearing, Judge William Fahy ordered her to pay a $2,500 bail deposit to get out of jail. When she does that, she’ll have to stay in the house from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and wear an ankle monitor. Presumably, officials will know why she’s wearing that one.

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