LOGAN SQUARE — A brazen car thief has been caught on video in Logan Square.
At 7:05 p.m. Friday, a 55-year-old woman left her car running in an alley in the 3400 block of West Parker Avenue to pick up her elderly mother from a family birthday party on the block, according to police and David LeBreton, a neighbor who witnessed the crime.
In the minutes she was gone, one of three passersby stole the car, according to police.
The surveillance video, which uses motion sensor technology, shows three people walking past the gold sedan, which was left running with its front doors open.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The video, originally posted to YouTube, has since been removed.)
Then, at the 0:16 mark, the driver's door shuts and the car speeds off. The video doesn't show the thief getting into the car because the motion sensor camera didn't capture it. But neighbors, including LeBreton, saw one of the three people double back and steal the car.
At the end of the video, the woman and another person run back to the alley only to discover that the car is gone.
LeBreton said the non-violent crime proves that you can't leave your car running in the city, which he described as a "sad reality."
"To have a lovely evening celebrating a young person's birthday end this way was disappointing," said LeBreton, who has lived on the block for 2½ years.
As of Monday afternoon, no one was in custody for the crime. Police didn't immediately respond when asked if the video was being used in the investigation.