Friday, December 20, 2013

INCONVENIENCE STORE: Midday Carjacking at Irving Park Gas Station

UPDATE: This vehicle was involved in a fatal crash on the afternoon of December 21. An 11-year-old boy was killed after being ejected from another vehicle that the stolen minivan collided with during a police pursuit.

CWB withheld the vehicle's license plate in the following report, as our practice. We can confirm, however, that the plate seen in media reports of today's crash matches the plate number of the stolen vehicle.

 CWB links to external stories about the crash are HERE. Our original report follows.

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The stolen minivan is seen in ABC7 footage after it became involved
in a fatal collision during a police pursuit on Saturday, December 21.
A Dunning resident's quick stop at the gas station ended much differently than anyone would hope this morning.

Witnesses reported that a carjacker pulled a driver out of a minivan at the Irving Park & Broadway BP station, then drove off with the victim's vehicle around 11:15AM.

The stolen vehicle is a green 1998 Dodge Caravan with three fish on the back window. It was last seen going westbound on Irving Park from Broadway.

Witnesses describe the offender as male, Hispanic, about 30 years old, 6' to 6'3" tall, wearing a black coat that has white areas under the arms and on the sides.

Recorded as a vehicular hijacking under CPD case #HW577920.

24 comments:

  1. Lighting. All we need is more lighting. That's the solution. Lighting.

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    1. Correct. Because that big, giant ball of flaming gas in the sky that illuminates the Earth wasn't enough lighting to prevent this noontime heist.

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    2. Speaking of a ball of flaming gas, CoH spokesman Tom Elliott is confident that...oh nevermind.

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    3. Zzzzzzzzing!

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    4. So we've established we had good lighting. Hopefully the gas station has security cameras and captured an image of the suspect. See how that works? Cameras can help solve the crimes. There's never going to be a cop on every corner.

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    5. Why don't you get that there are not enough cops to watch the video?

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    6. The crime video or images can be shared through the Internet: crowd-sourcing is the keyword. Cops just need to follow up with leads.

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    7. You STILL aren't getting it. There are not enough cops to "just" follow up with leads. Someone please help me understand how to explain to ignorant people who assume their city is providing adequate police protection that they are wrong.

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  2. Wow, that's some hot rod he stole!

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    1. It was the 3 fish on the back window which makes it hot.

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    2. People who flash their pricey property like that are asking for it. I heard that at a CAPS meeting, so it must be true.

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    3. It will probably be classified as domestic.

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  3. Stealing 15 year old vehicles and beating people for a $50 profit on a used phone are the real concerns here.

    We've already been warned to keep our cellphones in our jockstraps and not drive our Maybachs 2 blocks to Walmart. What's next? Taking our Ventra card, Bed,Bath,Beyond coupons and flip-flops by knifepoint at the bus stop?

    Sad.

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    1. The good news is that the Ventra cards don't work anyway.

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    2. I hate the look of a guy in flip-flops. It is impossible for even a butch guy to look butch in flip-flops. But the thugs will never steal them anyway because it is impossible to run in flip-flops.

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    3. I'm sure there's not a guy in Chicago, gay or straight, worried about "looking butch". As long as he saw it on TV or an ad on the side of a bus, there will be "no worries".

      It's easier to run in flip-flops than saggy jeans though.

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  4. A great big thank you to the 19th precinct officers and ATF officers for bringing back some normalcy and safety to our community. I realize this is not a crime in Boystown-Wrigleyville, but officers from the same precinct that patrol BT and Wrigleyville helped shut down a huge drug operation (over 150 pound of marijuana and $1.2 million seized) on our block. This past week officers raided a house at 926 W. Montana. It was straight out of the movie. These guys came into our community in April and we immediately knew something was wrong. Tact officer assisted us in getting these guys out of our neighborhood. I must say, at times we were not happy with the speed of the operation, but as it turns out this is the best Christmas gift ever. Again, thanks so much for keeping us safe and making our Christmas a lot brighter. Stay safe and may God Bless you.

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  5. On Thursday, 12/19, Gerry McCarthy was interviewed by Phil Ponce on WTTW 11's Chicago Tonight television broadcast regarding the crime rates in Chicago. Go to their site to pull up the video. It's jaw-dropping!

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  6. crime is down, love rhammie and mcfelloffhis barstool

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  7. Does this count as a " survival crime?" Because that makes it ok, right? No harm, no foul?

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    1. Correct. Because the driver that was pulled from the vehicle could have been picking up someone to take to the doctor or bringing them medication and the (domestic) car over 13 years old was still operable, there was no crime.

      If he's caught on camera doing this for the 8th time though, boy is he in trouble.

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  8. That minivan passed me blowing through a stop sign at Lincoln and Wilson yesterday. This only clicked because I noticed the fish on the back window. Lost track of him on western.

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  9. Was this the same stolen green minivan that got in an accident this afternoon that killed an 11 year old boy? Seems coincidental but the channel 5 news hadn't made that connection yet.

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    1. Sadly, it is the same minivan. We have posted a brief update.here:

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/12/breaking-carjacked-minivan-in-fatal.html

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