Burglars killed in Gary crash may have broken into other homes
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 January 31, 2013 2:46PM
Ronnie Arthurs | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 1, 2013 1:21AM
GARY — When teenage burglars fleeing police struck a tree outside her home, Yadira Nazario thought her stove had just blown up.
“I heard a boom, I thought it was an explosion,” the 34-year-old Glen Park resident said. Nazario ran outside and saw the mangled car where two occupants died immediately Wednesday morning. “I still got that (vision) in my mind.”
Later, as she watched firefighters cut away pieces of the crushed car, she thought of her own four children, who are about the same age as the three teens.
“The stuff in the car was stolen. Their life was stolen, too,”
Three teens, Ronnie Arthurs, 17, of Chicago, Andre Carradine, 19, and Shedevan Gibbs, 14, both Glen Park residents, were in the silver Dodge that fled from police who arrived at a burglary call in the 4400 block of Connecticut Street about 10 a.m.
Less than three minutes later, the car struck a tree, then another, in the 4000 block of Monroe Street, killing Arthurs and Carradine instantly.
Gibbs died later at Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.
All died from massive blunt force injuries.
Patrolman Jamal Milton returned to the victim’s home later Wednesday and spoke to the homeowner, who provided information about items taken from the residence.
Police said items found in the car after the three teens were extricated appear to be stolen from the house on Connecticut Street.
Police believe the three teens, and a fourth still at large, could be responsible for other daytime burglaries in Glen Park.
In less than a week, residents in the Glen Park neighborhood have reported five burglaries during daytime hours.
Burglary detectives are continuing their investigation into the daytime break-in.
Witnesses told police the fourth suspect was seen running from the victim’s house when someone called 911 to report that men were entering the house.
No one was home at the time, but police arrived while suspects were still at the scene.
Earlier this year, Chief Wade Ingram noted burglaries decreased by about 25 percent in 2012 over the previous year. He has added two more detectives to investigate burglaries.
Anyone with information about the fourth suspect in Wednesday’s burglary may call Sgt. Brian Farrow at 881-7420.
Photographer Stephanie Dowell contributed to this story.