Auto Theft Turns Into Carjacking Near Roscoe Village

A group of men who stole a car that was left running on the street near Roscoe Village early Saturday pulled a gun on the car’s owner when he confronted them several blocks away, police said.

The 33-year-old victim said he left his car running but locked in the 3100 block of North Damen around 4:25 a.m. That’s when several men got into the Nissan and drove away with the victim and a friend in pursuit.

When the stolen car came to a stop at Wolcott and Wellington, the two men confronted the carload of thieves, police said. But, one of the occupants of the stolen car pulled out a handgun forcing the victim and his friend to retreat, according to police. The stolen car was last seen heading north on Wolcott from Wellington.

The victim reported that the offenders were also using a green Toyota Camry.

Taken was the victim’s black 2012 Nissan Altima with a license plate that begins with “703.”

The police department today said no offender descriptions were available.

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