Auto thefts reported on Northwestern’s downtown campus, school says

Northwestern University Police are warning about recent motor vehicle thefts from garages on the school and hospital’s Streeterville campus. In one case, a car owner was threatened by a gunman that they found sitting in the driver’s seat of their vehicle, the alert said.

Northwestern authorities said four vehicles that were left parked, locked, and unoccupied have gone missing since September 15. Thefts were reported from Northwestern garages on the 200 block of East Superior Street and the 300 block of East Erie Street.

Around 4 a.m. on September 22, a victim noticed a masked person sitting in the passenger seat of their vehicle inside the Erie Street garage, according to a separate warning from Northwestern Police. They also saw two masked people sitting in a black four-door sedan parked next to their car.

When the person inside the victim’s car saw them, the offender got out and pointed a handgun at them, police said. The victim ran away.

“There are no useable descriptions of the suspects,” Northwestern police said in an alert.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Northwestern University Police at 847-491-3456.

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