Bump ‘N’ Run Auto Theft Leaves Woman Carless On Ashland

Cops are investigating a bump ’n’ run auto theft that played out on bustling Ashland Avenue on Friday afternoon.

The stolen car is similar to this 2014 Lexus.

A woman told police that another car hit her vehicle from behind in the 2900 block of North Ashland around 3:45 p.m.

When the woman got out of her car to check the damage, two men jumped into her vehicle, pulled a U-turn and sped off.

Taken was a gray 2014 Lexus 4-door with a license plate beginning with Z89. It was last seen heading southbound on Ashland, the woman said.

The offenders were described only as two young black men.

Police have warned about a series of similar auto thefts in Bucktown and the Near West Side this month.

In one recent high-profile case, Chicago Bears receiver Kevin White’s Maserati was taken during a West Loop bump ’n’ run.

A police alert described the Bucktown suspects as two to three black men between 18- and 25-years-old. They are shorter and weight 140- to 160-pounds. One offender may have a scar on his face. Another suspect reportedly has dreadlocks.

Chicago police have advised drivers of minor auto accidents to stay in their vehicles and to drive to the nearest police station with the other motorist. At a minimum, a driver should turn their car off before stepping out to exchange information with the other motorist, police say.

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