Jacked: Auto break-ins reported near Goose Island pumpkin patch, cops say

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Some visitors to an on-going Halloween event near Goose Island are getting a little more trick than treat this year, according to Chicago police.

Thieves have broken into at least eleven vehicles over the past two weekends, usually while the owners visited Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up Experience, 1467 North Elston. The annual event allows city folk to experience country-style Halloween activities like a corn maze and pumpkin displays (sorry, no pig races this year due to COVID).

But, the realities of city living have been waiting when some customers return to their cars. Police say burglars have broken the windows or pried open doors to gain entry to nearly a dozen cars while the vehicles’ owners explored Jack’s offerings this month. All of the break-ins took place between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., police said.

Four cases were reported on October 10, two on October 16, two on October 17, and one each day on October 11, 12, and 13, according to an alert from CPD. Nine of the break-ins occurred on the 1300 and 1400 blocks of North Elston. Two others were reported on nearby side streets.

Police asked anyone who seeks suspicious activity to call 911 immediately. And anyone with information about the break-ins can call Area Five detectives at 312-746-7394 regarding crime pattern P20-5-068.

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