Loop: Auto thief posed as parking lot attendant, cops say

The parking lot at Wabash and 9th streets in the Loop. | Google

Well, that was easy.

A creative auto thief donned a reflective safety vest and posed as a parking lot attendant to steal an unwitting motorist’s car in the Loop on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Around 8 a.m., a 42-year-old woman drove onto the lot at 901 South Wabash to park her car. As she entered the lot, a man in a neon reflective vest approached, told her where to park, and instructed her to leave the keys inside her 2008 silver Nissan Armada, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said.

The woman complied with his instructions and left the lot to conduct some business nearby. You already know what happened when she returned to the lot about an hour later. Her car and the man were long gone.

Bartoli said she described the thief as a Black male who stands about 6-feet tall. He was wearing a black jacket, black pants, black shoes, a blue mask, and the neon vest.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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