The Cook County State’s Attorney has refused to approve felony burglary charges against two men caught by Oak Lawn Police after a three municipality chase and search and a written admission by one of the men that he was entering other cars without the owners’ permission.
As a result Khadafi Dailey was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident and obstructing a police officer. His passenger in the car was charged with only one misdemeanor of obstructing a police officer.
The chase started on Sunday morning, November 4th at about 3:30 a.m. when Oak Lawn police units responded to a commercial burglar alarm in the vicinity of 96th and Cicero Avenue.
The police had been on “high alert” due to multiple commercial burglaries. One of the officers spotted a black Honda Civic traveling near 95th and Cicero and reported that the driver looked startled by the sight of a police officer. Dailey was the driver and the police soon discovered that his license had been suspended and that he was on parole for a weapons offense.
According to the police, the vehicle drove south on Cicero, turned left at 111th Street and then headed back north on Kostner. Around Kostner and Kathleen, the police lost sight of the vehicle but soon thereafter, another officer saw the same car at the BP gas station at 111th and Pulaski.
At the same time, dispatchers were relaying new information to the police that two male blacks had been seen near Kathleen and Kostner looking into vehicles. The officer chased after the Honda Civic, which allegedly began speeding and turned onto 107th Street east of Pulaski. As the police chased the car, the officer noted that the car was speeding over speed bumps and after trying to enter an alley, the car allegedly crashed into a fence near the 3400 block of 105th Street, in Chicago.
The driver and the passenger exited the car and the officer lost track of the two men. Eventually, as Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park and Chicago officers searched the area, one man, Victor Dillon, was found allegedly hiding under a truck. Dillon pointed out that it was Dailey driving the car.
About 4 blocks away on 104th Street, Dailey was also found hiding underneath a large plastic container. Both men were taken into custody.
While in custody, Dillon denied burglarizing cars or businesses. Dailey, however, allegedly signed a written statement admitting to entering unlocked cars and taking minor items like change. Dailey also admitted to taking Stanley tools that were recovered from his vehicle. He told the police he was unsure of the location of the vehicles where he took the tools and ultimately that fact saved him from a felony. According to the police, the assistant state’s attorney refused to approve a felony burglary to motor vehicle charge because there wasn’t a specific victim to link the property to at the time.
The Oak Lawn police continue to investigate and if you have any information regarding the stolen tools, you may contact the detectives.
Dillon is a 20 year old black male with a Chicago address. Dailey is a 21 year old black male with a Chicago Address.
According to the Illinois Department of Corrections records, Khadafi Dailey was sentenced in September of 2017 to 1 year for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was paroled on March 8, 2018.