Catalytic Converter Thief Points Gun with Extended Magazine at Vehicle Owner on Trace Dr Buffalo Grove

800 block of Trace Drive in Buffalo Grove (Image capture October 2018 ©2022)
800 block of Trace Drive in Buffalo Grove (Image capture October 2018 ©2022).

Buffalo Grove police responded about 9:33 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2022 to a report of possible shots fired, and a catalytic converter theft in progress in the block of 800 Trace Drive in Buffalo Grove.

When police arrived, they learned that no shots were fired, but that one of three offenders pointed a weapon at a man who was standing on his balcony. When the man on the balcony told the offenders to get away from his car, one of the offenders advanced toward the man and pointed his weapon at the man standing on the balcony. The offender’s gun had an extended magazine, according to a third-party report report. Police are investigating whether the handgun was modified with an illegal Autosear switch that converts the gun into an automatic weapon (like a machine gun).

Apparently an image of the suspect with the gun was captured either at the Trace Drive scene or another location — the captured imaged and location information was not clarified.

The three offenders were described as male suspects wearing black masks, and traveling in a black Chrysler 300.

The victim told police they misunderstood that shots were fired. No injuries were reported, and there was no information provided regarding whether the victim’s vehicle was damaged.


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