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Robbers try to steal car left running in Wilmette driveway

Robbers tried to steal a car left running in a driveway Tuesday morning in north suburban Wilmette, but were scared off by a child who was inside the car, according to police.

About 10:30 a.m., two suspects tried to steal an unlocked car that had been left running in a driveway in the 900 block of Chestnut Avenue, according to a Wilmette police crime alert.

The owner, who had run into his house for a minute, had left his child in the car, police said. When the suspects got into the car, the child safely got out and yelled for his father.

The “panicked” suspects lost control of the car and backed into a tree, police said. The father chased after the suspects, who ran to a waiting dark gray four-door vehicle, police said. The vehicle headed eastbound to Sheridan Road.

The suspects were described as two black men in their 20s wearing hoodies and gloves, police said.

“Other nearby jurisdictions have recently reported similar thefts of cars that have been left unlocked and running,” police said in the alert. “Stolen cars are often used during other crimes such as burglaries and robberies.”