Thieves target vehicles left running on South, Southwest sides

No suspect description was available, according to police.

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Police are warning residents about a series of thefts of vehicles since January on the South and Southwest sides, including in the 4600 block of South Wood Street.

Police are warning residents about a series of thefts of vehicles since January on the South and Southwest sides, including in the 4600 block of South Wood Street.

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Authorities are warning residents about a series of vehicle thefts reported last month in McKinley Park, Brighton Park, Gage Park and Fuller Park on the South and Southwest sides.

In each case, someone took a vehicle that was left running with the keys in the ignition, according to Chicago police.

The thefts were reported:

  • At 6:57 a.m. Jan. 30 in the 5300 block of South Shields Avenue;
  • About 5:40 p.m. Jan. 20 in the 3400 block of South Western Avenue;
  • About 10:50 p.m. Jan. 18 in the 4600 block of South Wood Street;
  • About 3:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the 5000 block of South Winchester Avenue;
  • Between 4 a.m. and noon Jan. 11 in the 5000 block of South Rockwell Street;
  • About 7:15 p.m. Jan. 10 in the 3700 block of South Albany Avenue;
  • Between 1:45 and 1:50 p.m. Jan. 10 in the 3100 block of West 42nd Street;
  • About 7:20 p.m. Jan. 4 in the 2400 block of West 47th Street; and
  • About 2:30 p.m. Jan. 2 in the 2200 block of West 37th Street.

No suspect description was available, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8382. 

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