Chicago’s fastest-growing crime, carjacking, remains red hot on the North Side.
Detectives are investigating an armed carjacking in Lincoln Park and an auto theft in Uptown on Tuesday night.
Around 7:30 p.m., an offender armed with a crowbar took control of a man’s Subaru Outback in the 2400 block of North Burling, police said. The vehicle was last seen heading southbound. Police said the carjacker wore a hooded jacket pulled over his head during the robbery. He is in his 20’s, black, about 5’10” tall, and 220 pounds.
Meanwhile, in Uptown, a juvenile jumped into an idling white Jeep and sped off, crashing into several parked cars near Leland and Clark. Police were flagged down and quickly found the stolen vehicle in traffic nearby. The teenage driver jumped out and disappeared into the yards in the 4600 block of North Beacon, police said.
Through August, “vehicular hijackings” were up 30% year-over-year and up 183% compared to 2015 citywide
The Loop saw a 1200% increase vs. 2015 with River North up 500%. The 19th Police District, which includes Lakeview, Uptown, North Center, and the north end of Lincoln Park, is up 200% compared to two years ago.