Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THANKS, CHICAGO!: Wheel Thieves Hit On Wellington

The thieves who target the wheels and tires of small import cars made their way north overnight,  striking this Hyundai in the 300 block of Wellington. See our report from earlier in the week HERE.
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15 comments:

  1. Another "import" manufactured in Alabama. It's not like they're targeting fancy "import" cars in fancy neighborhoods. They're targeted because they're cheap, every other person has one thus parts are in demand. Just describe it as a car.

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  2. What the hell - are these thieves moonlighting as pit crews at NASCAR or something? How is it that they are able to do this in such a short about of time to not be seen by passersby or other motorists? Baffling.

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    1. Truly - that's what I don't understand in one of the most populated/concentrated areas in Chicago. They either have air powered torque wrenches in windowless vans with a crew of 5 or these are insurance jobs. I've been leaning towards the latter.

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    2. Crews regularly climb under cars and saw off catalytic converters throughout the city. It's not a quiet operation by any means. The fact is that people aren't generally suspicious or inquisitive.

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    3. My question exactly! And with or without power tools? You'd think folks nearby. would hear something either way.

      Yep .. the scumbums are also on a catalytic converter jag again, too. ... sheesh!

      http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/local/redeye-police-warn-lakeview-residents-of-catalyticconverter-thefts-20140121,0,2322703.story



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  3. Car owners in the neighborhood should consider going to Amazon and spending $15 to buy a set of wheel locks.

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    1. And while their at it, pick up bars for the windows and stay indoors 24/7. When are you guys in Lakeview going to march on your streets demanding services?

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    2. That's actually not a bad idea. Demonstration outside of Tunney's office to demand more police?

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    3. Demonstrate in front of Rahm's house. He HATES that.

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  4. Wheel locks are worthless. If you have a air impact wrench, you can easily remove a lock nut. It will strip the wheel bolt, but they will still get the tire.

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  5. Years ago in NYC I heard it was the same thing. A whole crew could strip a car--not just the wheels--in the time it took for a light to turn from red to green.

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  6. CWB has it right with the theft of catalytic converters.These things contain precious metals and are super expen$ive The advent of the cordless sawzall (reciprocating saw) has made this possible. If you see two feet sticking out from under a car and hear a buzzing/sawing sound, call 911 and report it. If you start the car and its earth shattering loud, they got yours.

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  7. These auto parts thieves are so fast, they are like a pit crew at the Indy 500.

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    1. Hey, it only took minutes while the Griswold family was getting directions in East St. Louis.

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  8. Hey thats my car lol
    Where were the police at Im sure this took more then 2 min to do

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