UPDATE: Monticello car thief leaves stolen 'loaner' for victim

UPDATE: Monticello car thief leaves stolen 'loaner' for victim

A.M. UPDATE: Piatt County Sheriff's officials have been notified by authorities in Lake County (Ind.) that a Jeep stolen from Monticello on Thursday was located at approximately 6 a.m. Friday near Dyer, Ind. It had been struck by a two-mile long freight train, resulting in traffic being blocked at the train tracks of the unincorporated area of Lake County.

The driver of the Jeep has not been located.

"We do not have any further information on this, however, we remain in contact with authorities in Kansas and Indiana," said Piatt County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Apperson.

ABC-7 in Chicago reported the vehicle had been dragged about a quarter mile before ending up on its side in the grass along the railroad tracks.

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MONTICELLO — One vehicle was stolen in Monticello on Thursday, and another car was left in its place.

The Piatt County Sheriff's Office said a woman parked her white 2002 Jeep Wrangler at Monticello Township Cemetery at about 10 a.m. and went for a walk. When she returned, her two-door vehicle was gone, and a silver 2010 Nissan Rogue was in its place.

Upon investigation, authorities learned that the Nissan had been taken in Kansas on Aug. 7, and an Illinois license plate that was stolen in southern Illinois had been attached.

The Wrangler, which has a tan-colored top, had Illinois license plate AA44394. Anyone with information on its whereabouts is encouraged to call the Piatt County sheriff at 217-762-5761.

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787 wrote on August 11, 2017 at 8:08 am

No, you shouldn't leave your keys in your car... even in sleepy little Monticello.