West Loop valet robbery caught on video (that Porsche won’t be sitting there for long)

Video cameras recorded the armed robbery of a West Loop restaurant’s valet attendant in which two men drove away with a pair of luxury automobiles Wednesday night.

Footage of the robbery outside Little Goat, 820 West Randolph, was shared with CWBChicago by Twitter user @Kingtone773.

Rumors are swirling that the owners of the stolen black Porsche Panamera and black Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk play for a Chicago sports team, but CWBChicago has not been able to verify that information. (Update: We have confirmed that the vehicles’ owners play for the Blackhawks.)

Here’s the video, which shows the hold-up unfolding around 7:30 p.m. — the clock on the video is off by an hour.

Police found the Trackhawk abandoned in the Pilsen neighborhood around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. Around the same time, a CPD license plate reader spotted the Porsche traveling through Bronzeville on the back of a tow truck.

The robbery is at least the third time restaurant valet stands have been targeted in the West Loop this month.

Around 9:09 p.m. on December 11, a valet attendant was at his post outside a restaurant on the 1200 block of West Hubbard when a gunman approached and went into the key box, according to a CPD report. He helped himself to vehicle keys, including a set that controlled a white 2017 Mercedes Benz coupe parked nearby.

He took off in the Mercedes accompanied by a red Jeep Liberty driven by an apparent accomplice. The hijackers were described as two Black men wearing black hoodies.

Three days later, a group of hijackers tried to take another car from valet operators at another restaurant on the 800 block of West Randolph around 1 p.m.

A gray Dodge Ram pulled in front of a car parked in the valet zone, and two men emerged to take the vehicle. But they found the car unoccupied without any keys inside. They returned to the truck, which happened to be stolen, and fled the area.

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