Mount Pleasant police say two men from Illinois are facing felony charges after they stole at least six vehicles from Porcaro Ford worth $270,000 to fill “orders” for stolen cars.
Israel Staley, 51, and Levar Outlaw, 36, both of Richton Park, IL, were charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court; Staley with seven felony counts of theft of moveable property valued at more than $10,000 and one felony count of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. If convicted, he faces up to 76 years in prison and/or up to $185,000 in fines.
Outlaw was charged with one felony count of theft of moveable property valued at more than $10,000 and one felony count of conspiracy to commit felony theft. If convicted, he faces up to 13-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.
According to their criminal complaints, officers were issued an alert to be on the lookout for a Ford F150 with a distinct paint job after a number of car thefts from Porcaro Ford, and they observed the vehicle Saturday traveling east from the intersection of Highway 20 and 90th Street. They initiated a traffic stop after a run of the plates indicated the truck had been stolen out of Indiana.
Police say they identified Staley as the driver based on his Illinois driver’s license as well as from surveillance video supplied by Porcaro Ford. Videos depict Staley stealing car fobs from the dealership and returning after closing to drive the vehicles off the lot.
Outlaw was the passenger in the truck, the complaint reads, and officers found a new car fob and a screwdriver in his pockets. Inside the truck they found two additional fobs, several Illinois license plates and more screwdrivers. One of the fobs matched a 2016 Ford Expedition worth $62,000 that had not yet been taken and remained on the car lot. That fob was identified as being stolen at the same time as other fobs.
Officers say Outlaw allowed them to search his phone, and they read several text messages between the two men that indicated they were filling “orders” for stolen vehicles. The total loss for Porcaro Ford is estimated at $270,000 for the following cars:
- Three (3) 2016 Ford Explorers
- One each 2016 Ford Edge, Ford Mustang, and Ford F150
Both Staley and Outlaw remain in the Racine County Jail on $15,000 and $10,000 cash bonds, respectively. They will both next be in court June 15 for their preliminary hearings.