Jimmy Lee doesn’t like it when he gets into an argument with his common law wife and she leaves Florida for Illinois.
Jimmy doesn’t like it when he doesn’t have a way to travel to Illinois to retrieve his wife. According to charges filed by the Oak Lawn police, Jimmy Lee stole a 2005 Mustang car in Florida and traveled to find his “wife” in the hope of reuniting.
The police found the couple at a local Oak Lawn motel and also allege that the car Jimmy was driving was stolen. A check of the license found the car belonged to another in Florida. The police talked to the clerk at the motel and waited for the couple to emerge. Shortly thereafter, the car was stopped by the police.
First, Jimmy Lee told the police that he bought the car for $800 but he didn’t have proof. He didn’t like it when the police arrested him and Ruby Johnson. Jimmy didn’t like it that Ruby Johnson was arrested also. In the police car he allegedly told the officer that Johnson had nothing to do with it and he “stole the f…ing car” because he needed a ride up from Florida.
Johnson allegedly confessed to the police that he found the car parked in Fort Lauderdale and he said he “got lucky” and found the Mustang unlocked. Jimmy told the police that he intended to dump the car but was pulled over before he could get rid of the car. The victim told the Fort Lauderdale police that she was driving through the parking lot when Lee pointed to her tire and said something was wrong. According to the victim’s statement to the police, when she exited the car to check, Lee jumped in and drove off.
Johnson allegedly told the police that she was picked up by Jimmy Lee in the car. She didn’t know where he got the car but she allegedly said she knew it wasn’t his car. The police spoke directly with the owner of the car who told the officers that she didn’t give permission to be in the car to either Johnson or Lee. The State’s Attorney was satisfied to approve felony charges.
Lee, a 54 year old white male, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and criminal trespass to a vehicle. Johnson, a 49 year old white female, was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle. Both individuals provided Florida addresses to the police.