Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cop cars vandalized outside district station for 2nd time in a month

The 1st (Central) Police District station at 1718 South State. | Google
A West Side man damaged several CPD and personal vehicles as he left a police lock-up overnight, according to police and an officer who spoke with CWBChicago.

It is the second time in less than a month that patrol cars and personal vehicles have been damaged outside the 1st (Central) District police station at 1718 South State. The station serves the Loop and other areas between the Chicago River, 31st Street, Halsted Street, and Lake Michigan.

The offender this morning was released around 3 o’clock, a few hours after being arrested for an earlier incident. As he walked away, the man unleashed on four police cars and two personal vehicles owned by on-duty cops, CPD said in a statement.

ABC7 reported that “someone smashed a tire into a windshield and onto the roof of an officer's personal car...They even managed to pick up a concrete bucket and lug it onto the hood of an unmarked police SUV.”

Trash cans along his path were thrown into the street. A CTA employee told police that they saw a man matching the suspect’s description board a Blue Line train toward O’Hare.

Robert Olejnik | CPD
So far, the man remains at-large, but cops know his name and where he lives.

Back on June 26th, a different man broke the windows of six police cars and damaged a Chicago Department of Transportation worker’s personal car outside the same station.

Police say they caught up with that man three weeks later, taking him into custody near the Roosevelt Red Line station on July 17th.

Robert Olejnik, 44, is charged with felony criminal damage to government property and felony damage to property in the June case. Olejnik, who's been held in lieu of $12,000 bail, is due back in court today.
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