Updated: February 23, 2013 6:26AM
ISLAND LAKE — Someone used a road flare to damage a tow truck parked outside a mechanic’s shop and police are asking residents for help in solving the crime.
Police said Monday they responded along with fire department personnel Jan. 17 to Xalapa Auto Mechanic, 229 W. State Road, just before 11 p.m. and found a smoldering fire in the cab of the tow truck parked outside that was scheduled for routine maintenance.
There was a small fire in the vehicle’s dashboard and that’s when they found that a road flare had been ignited and shoved into the area. Police removed the flare and firefighters put out the small fire.
The tow truck still operates under the business name of Sharp’s Towing, but Louis Sharp, the owner, now has a co-owner in Sean McDonald, who is managing and running the day-to day business operations. Sharp still has full ownership of Sharp’s Auto Body.
The flare damaged enough of the dashboard that the insurance company deemed the 1999 Ford flatbed tow truck a total loss at $15,000 to $20,000.
The remaining unburned road flare will be submitted to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for forensic review and finger print retrieval/identification.
The tow truck from Sharp’s Towing was sitting in the parking lot at Xalapa Auto Mechanic, the general mechanic business located in front of Sharps Auto Body.
Island Lake police are requesting anyone who has knowledge of the crime to contact Detective Barry Huedepohl at (847) 526-2100.