Woman carjacked while loading her SUV in Lakeview, police say

Carjackers took a woman’s SUV as she loaded it with purchases outside a Walgreens in Lakeview on Tuesday evening, according to a CPD report. She was not injured.

The woman, 31, was putting items into her blue Hyundai Kona on the 700 block of West Diversey when a white vehicle rolled up, and a man emerged to take her car around 8:40 p.m., CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said. CWBChicago confirmed that the carjacking took place on a parking lot adjacent to Walgreens, 740 West Diversey.

Bartoli said the offender, described only as a man who wore a white gaiter over his face, drove away with the woman’s SUV. The white vehicle followed him.

Police recorded 19 carjackings in Lakeview this year through October 5, according to city data. That’s up from 11 at this time last year and three at this point in 2019.

Citywide, carjackings are up 38% this year to 1,284 cases as of October 5. There were 426 cases reported as of October 5, 2019.

The opening days of this month paced slightly ahead of last year, with 35 carjackings reported city wide through October 5. That’s up from 29 last year and four in 2019.

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