LINCOLN PARK — The Chicago Police Bureau of Detectives issued a new community alert for the Near North Police District Wednesday after four new reports of bump-and-run car thefts, following three reported earlier this month.
Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) sent an email to constituents Wednesday detailing four new reports of bump-and-run car thefts, in which one car strikes another from behind, then a passenger or passengers from that car try to take off with the other car while the victim checks for damage.
Police said that in one unspecified instance, the offenders entered a victim's vehicle but were unsuccessful in taking it. According to the community alert, the new thefts and attempted theft were reported:
• In the 1700 block of North Halsted Street at 10:30 p.m. June 15.
• In the 800 block of West Blackhawk Street at 2:45 p.m. June 20.
• In the 2300 block of North Halsted at 9:50 p.m. June 21.
• In the 300 block of West Hubbard Street at 10:45 p.m. Thursday.
Police advise drivers involved in such a collision not to leave their keys in their cars, to pull over in a populated area, if possible, and to keep their car doors and windows locked. In addition, they asked that any suspicious activity be reported immediately, and encouraged drivers get contact information of any witnesses.
Surveillance video, if available, can and should be copied for delivery to detectives.
Police asked anyone with information on the incidents to call the Area Central Bureau of Detectives at (312) 747-8382.