Police nab three robbery suspects

By Dave Gomez

DeKalb police announced the arrests of three men after they were found to be in possession of stolen vehicles.

Samuel Jackson, 22, Ramon Blanco, 42 and Rodolfo Galvan, 36, all of DeKalb, were charged with at least one count of possession each of a stolen vehicle.

Police declined to comment on whether the incidents were related.

Jackson was arrested Monday after police found he was driving a 2002 BMW that had been reported stolen.

Police said the purported buyer purchased the BMW using a stolen identity from Texas.

Officers spotted the vehicle while it was parked in front of Lincoln Hall. Police said soon after, Jackson left Lincoln Hall in the vehicle with an NIU coed. He was later stopped in the Chick Evans Field House parking lot. While in the parking lot, one of Jackson’s acquaintances arrived on the scene in another 2002 BMW purchased in the same fashion.

The vehicles’ original buyer had taken loans out using stolen identities and altered the vehicle identification numbers, said DeKalb police Lt. Jim Kayes.

There have been no charges filed against Jackson’s acquaintance. The coed was released at the scene.

Jackson was a student at Kishwaukee Community College, Kayes said.

Police said Blanco, one of the other arrested men, was previously arrested for possession of a stolen 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe from Wisconsin in September.

He was arrested again late last month after being in possession of a stolen 2004 Ford Expedition originally from Florida.

Galvan, the third man arrested, was arrested Monday for driving a 2001 Ford Expedition from Florida.

“Between scammers and the identity thieves, it’s really out of control,” Kayes said.

Possession of a stolen motor vehicle is a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in jail and up to $25,000 in fines.