Stolen SUV almost rams into Moline Police car, suspects flee at a high rate of speed

MOLINE, Illinois - Police shut down a portion of 19th Avenue in Moline today out of an "abundance of caution" while searching for two men who fled from them in a vehicle originally stolen from Rock Island.

Moline Police say they were notified of a stolen Toyota Rav 4 that was crossing the I-74 bridge at around 1:30 P.M. The suspects were fleeing from Davenport Police.

The stolen S.U.V. was spotted in the 1900 block of Avenue of the Cities in Moline, and that it almost struck a Moline Police car while attempting to flee again.

A short time later, police say the vehicle, which had several bullet holes in it, was located in the 1700 block of 2nd Street, but it was empty.

Police say they were led to a residence in the 100 block of 19th Avenue, and secured that home using the Moline-East Moline Crisis Containment Unit out of "an abundance of caution."

During this time, part of 19th Avenue was shut down.

A short time later, the home was found to be empty and Police say they believe the suspects were able to leave the area before Moline Police located the S.U.V.

Police say the incident, "once again", arises from residents leaving their vehicles with their keys in them.

"Leaving our keys in our keys and leaving them running gives these kids the opportunity to victimize all of us. These two individuals were going at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly which greatly endangers the public,' said Detective Michael Griffin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Police.