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Morris police seek public's assistance after purse stolen in parking lot 'smash and grab'

MORRIS – Morris police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a suspect's vehicle that was involved in a "smash and grab" Monday morning in a Morris parking lot.

Police responded just after 10:50 a.m. Monday to the 300 block of Wauponsee Street for a report of a suspect smashing a minivan's window to steal a purse, Morris Police Chief John Severson said.

Witnesses took photos of a black Cadillac that had at least one male occupant and called 911 to report the burglary. There were likely more people in the car, but witnesses could not see specifics because of the tint on the car's windows, according to a post on the Morris Police Department's Facebook page.

When police arrived, the Cadillac sped west on Fremont Avenue. Severson said the vehicle exceeded 80 miles per hour – more than 60 miles over the residential street's speed limit.

"Due [to] the heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic and potential for harm to bystanders/other motorists officers did not pursue," the post said.

The vehicle eventually went north on Deerpath Drive and west on Route 6.

It appeared the vehicle had white paper temporary plates, and police are particularly interested in obtaining the permanent license plate numbers.

Anyone who might have witnessed the incident or gathered surveillance video of the car leaving town is asked to call Morris police at 815-932-2131.

Severson said there were no identified suspects as of Tuesday afternoon.

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