Cops: Thieves using tow trucks to steal cars on N. Side

Detectives working on the North Side may have figured out how thieves are managing to steal legally-parked cars in the area: tow trucks.

Over the past 18 months, cops have issued a series of warnings about cars being stolen from spots in parking lots and on streets in Lakeview, Uptown, North Center, and Lincoln Park. Now, home surveillance cameras in the Avondale neighborhood have captured video of two cars being stolen by thieves who use tow trucks, according to an alert from Area North detectives.

As in the previous cases, victims parked their cars in legal spots and took their keys with them. But, when they returned to their parking space hours later, their cars were gone.

Cops said only that the tow truck being used is dark-colored.

The most recent thefts took place around 7 p.m. on Jan. 4th in the 3400 block of North Monticello; 8 a.m. on Jan. 5th in the 3400 block of West Addison; and 7:22 a.m. on Jan. 5th in the 3500 block of West Addison, police said.

Previous police alerts about legally-parked cars being stolen through mysterious ways were issued in August 2018, May 2018, February 2018, and October 2017.

Anyone with information about these auto thieves may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.
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