CHICAGO — An eight-time felon who offered to sell a stolen woman’s car, along with her pet Shih Tzu, for $350 has been sentenced to prison. Authorities said she recovered her car, but her dog was never found.
A woman’s Toyota RAV4 was stolen last March when it was abandoned on the 600 block in South Wabash. Her 7-year-old Shih Tzu, Lily, was in the car with her laptop and other belongings.
Police recovered much of the property the next day from two men who were arrested while sitting in another stolen vehicle. But Lily wasn’t with them.
Shortly after the man’s arrest, the woman began receiving calls from numbers she didn’t recognize.
When she answered one of the calls, a male voice offered to sell her RAV4 and her dog back for $350. The woman met the man at McDonald’s at 2525 South Martin Luther King Drive and agreed to make a deal. She then called the police.
Police arrested Jerry Kimble, 32, when he arrived in the woman’s car, prosecutors said. But he didn’t have Lily.
Kimble, who was out on parole at the time, pleaded guilty on January 26 to aiding or abetting possession of a stolen car. Judge Stanley Sachs said he received 457 days of credit while in custody and sentenced him to three years in prison.
Kimble appeared in prison on Tuesday, but his parole date has not been made public. He can expect to receive a 50% reduction in his sentence for good deeds.
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