The Glencoe Public Safety Department arrested a Waukegan man for grand theft auto after a chase Feb. 4. Deputy Chief Al Kebby said the owner of the stolen 1995 Chevy Tahoe saw it at the on Tower Road in Hubbard Woods just before 2 p.m. When confronted, Joseph M. Shelton, 28, denied that the Tahoe was stolen, but then sped north on Green Bay Road to Glencoe.
The victim called 911 and Glencoe police officers drove down several streets toward Winnetka to cut Shelton off. Shelton did turn off Green Bay and ended up heading north on Greenwood Avenue when he was stopped and surrounded outside on the 600 block of Greenwood.
The Tahoe had been reported stolen weeks before from a body shop in Wilmette. Kebby said that Shelton filed off the car's vehicle identification number and replaced it with an identification number from Shelton's old car, a 1992 Chevy Blazer. Kebby said Shelton then swapped the license plates off the old vehicle to escape notice.
Shelton was charged with four felonies: unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful concealment of vehicle identity, unlawful defacement of manufacturer's identification number and a counterfeit insurance card. His court date is set for Feb. 15 in Skokie.