Monday, October 16, 2017

Thieves Targeting "Legally Parked " Autos, Police Say

Map showing the approximate locations of 12 related auto thefts listed in tonight's police alert | BatchGeo
Chicago police tonight are warning the Town Hall District about a series of incidents in which legally-parked cars have been stolen since September 18.

At least twelve cases have been connected to the pattern, but investigators did not reveal how the parked vehicles are being stolen. No offender description was offered.

Police said thieves struck in the following places and times:
• 2700 block of North Greenview between 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. September 18-19
• 1200 block of West Nelson at midnight on September 23
• 500 block of West Aldine at 9 a.m. on September 23
• 900 block of West Belle Plaine between 9 a.m. September 25 and 1 p.m. September 27
• 4400 block of North Ravenswood between 9 p.m. September 26 and 7:30 a.m. September 27
• 600 block of West Belmont between 9:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. on October 3
• 900 block of West Wrightwood at 11:25 a.m. on October 5
• 3300 block of North Halsted between 9:30 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. on October 9
• 1400 block of West Montrose between 1:30 p.m. on October 13 and 7:30 p.m. on October 14
• 3800 block of North Bell at 8 a.m. on October 10
• 4000 block of North Kenmore between 9 p.m. October 13 and 11 a.m. October 14
• 4300 block of North Clarendon at 10 p.m. October 15
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Area North investigators at 312-744-8263.
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  1. Any details on the types of cars being stolen? Make/model/year?

  2. Dear friends:
    Cars are being stolen in your area.
    Sincerely, The Investigators.
    ......well now, that's just very goddam helpful now, isn't it?

  3. The way they say legally parked makes me think they're being stolen with a tow truck?

    1. I agree. That's exactly what it sounds like. So if anyone sees a tow truck hooking a car on a residential street it might pay to get the company name if the owner isn't around.

  4. Makes and models would be nice. These guys usually specialize.

  5. Let's park Illegally, a ticket is cheaper than replacing a whole vehicle.