Lakeview aldermanic candidate’s campaign office targeted by brazen “flyer boy” thief on Sunday

Austin Baidas | Chicago Sun-Times

The campaign office for a Lakeview aldermanic candidate was targeted Sunday evening by one of Chicago’s infamous “flyer boy” thieves.

“A man in his 30’s came in asking for donations for his basketball team, and then cleared off a table [of valuables] and ran off,” said Jay Malone, campaign manager for Austin Baidas.

“Increasingly brazen attacks like this are happening regularly throughout Lakeview, and our alderman has failed to even acknowledge the problem, let alone provide real solutions,” Baidas said in a statement. “Tonight’s incident at our campaign office was a reminder of how badly Lakeview and the 44th Ward need new leadership.”

The offender fled from the campaign office at 3127 North Broadway around 6:45 p.m. and hopped into a gray Pontiac Grand Am that drove away with over $1,500 worth of property, Malone said.

Malone said the theft happened in front of at least ten witnesses and it reminded him of recent burglaries from storefronts and homes throughout the area. A report has been filed with the Chicago Police Department, Malone said.

Baidas and Elizabeth Shydlowski are two opponents running against incumbent Tom Tunney in the 44th Ward. Election day is Tuesday.
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