Idling Cars Stolen From Wicker Park 7-Eleven Three Times This Month

Chicago police are politely reminding drivers to turn off and lock their cars—especially if they’re just going to “run into” a particular Wicker Park convenience store.

The cursed 7-Eleven at 1400 North Milwaukee. | Google

Auto thieves have stolen three idling vehicles this month while their owners dashed into the 7-Eleven store at 1400 North Milwaukee for a quick purchase. All of the cars were later recovered on the West Side, according to a police alert.

The cars were stolen from outside the store at 9:37 p.m. on December 1; 7 p.m. on December 15; and 11 p.m. on December 22. Without a hint of sarcasm, police recommended that concerned “do not leave your vehicle running.”

Anyone with information about the auto thefts is asked to call Area North detectives at 312-744-8263

In fairness, this week’s cold weather brought a surge of auto theft reports in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Uptown, too. Most commonly, cars have been stolen while their owners turn them on to warm up.

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