Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— On July 28, police were dispatched to 304 Shawnee in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. The owner of the vehicle told police they were going to see a friend of a passenger in the vehicle. While en route, the two victims stopped at the Marathon Gas Station at 385 Sauk Trail where they met three females. The three female suspects agreed to follow the two victims to the friend’s house they were en route to. Shortly after arriving, the owner of the vehicle and the first suspect drove in the vehicle to the Marathon Gas Station on Sauk Trail to buy food while the two other female suspects followed in their car. The first suspect gave the victim a credit card to buy some food with while the suspect waited in the car to listen to music. The victim attempted to make a purchase but the card was rejected.
When the victim went outside, his car was gone along the three suspects and their vehicle. The victim was given a ride back to the friend’s house where he called police.
Later in the evening, the Chicago Heights Police Department stopped the stolen vehicle. The driver was identified as Tangela Harper, 19, of 607 Brookline in Chicago Heights, and the two rear passengers were identified as Tanteyana Smith, 20, of 607 Brookline in Chicago Heights, and Nastassia Hollins, 18, of 602 Andover in Chicago Heights. All three subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Police Department.
Upon interview of the subjects, Harper told police she saw a friend of hers driving the vehicle. Harper borrowed the car and picked up Smith and Hollins. A fourth female subject, whose name is unknown, was in the front passenger seat. Shortly after picking up Smith and Hollins they were stopped by the Chicago Heights Police. The front seat passenger allegedly ran away. Harper denied knowing that the car was stolen and denied being involved in the original incident in Park Forest. Harper did not know anyone matching the name on the credit card that was given to the victim to purchase food with. Smith and Hollins related the same basic story.
All three subjects were charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle. Hollins was found to have an active arrest warrant from the McClean County Sheriff’s Police for retail theft. Harper was shown to have an active warrant for her arrest from the Matteson Police for retail theft. Both were processed for the warrants.