Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Delivery Man's Car Stolen — With 3-Year-Old In Back Seat

Detectives are investigating after a newspaper delivery man’s car was stolen in Uptown early today…with his 3-year-old son in the back seat!

The boy was later found unharmed in the middle of Superior Street in Streeterville.

According to the 39-year-old victim, he was delivering newspapers near Irving Park Road and Marine Drive around 4:45AM when a man—possibly a flight attendant—emerged from a white Nissan Altima and got into his still-running blue Volkswagen Passat. Both vehicles then sped away southbound, the victim said.

The thief apparently didn’t realize that he was also stealing a pajama-wearing 3-year-old.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital security notified 18th district police that a “baby” had been found in the middle of the Superior Street near the Museum of Contemporary Art about a half-hour later. The boys parents identified their 3-year-old at Northwestern, where he was given a precautionary check-up, police said.

The car thief is described as a white man in his early 20’s who may have been dressed in a flight attendant’s uniform, according to the boy’s father. The driver of the Altima is described only as a black man.
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  1. I live on the 4100 block of N Marine. Depending on where the car was parked the majority of the buildings on this block have outward facing cameras. They are getting brave. Two weeks ago while walking my dog back to my building I caught a young man in front of me walk up our drive way open the cab door of a uhaul sitting there and grab a backpack out of the truck all while the owners were standing at the back of the truck. They were able to chase him down and get it back. And this was at 3pm in broad daylight. Poor guy probably didn't have a choice but to take his son as he tried to provide for his family. Glad he was found safe.

  2. Hi anonymous do you happen to live at one of the buildings on Marine drive with a camera ? I ask because my white Nissan Altima was stolen from me last night and I am wondering if my vehicle is the one involved in this incident ? Any help would be greatly appreciated

  3. I bet even this victim won't press charges or show up in court. Kidnapping is a federal offense, but we'll see it dropped down to simple robbery. Simple robbery definition: The taking of anything of value belonging to another from the person of another or that is in the immediate control of another, by use of force or intimidation, but not armed with a dangerous weapon.

  4. This is incredibly sad to know that a man had no choice but to take his toddler son with him in the wee hours of the morning all while trying to make an honest living. He's doing this instead of selling drugs. Tip of the cap to this man for doing whatever it takes to provide for his son.