CHICAGO — Car thieves stole a BMW from a White Sox player’s girlfriend when she stopped to get gas on her way to tonight’s Crosstown Classic game at Wrigley Field, according to a source.
The 23-year-old’s tank was nearly empty, so she stopped to fill up her BMW M3 at the BP station, 841 West Irving Park, around 3 p.m.
A Chicago police spokesperson confirmed that a man hopped out of a black Jeep and jumped into a woman’s car while she was pumping gas. In keeping with CPD policy, they did not identify the woman or reveal her connection to the White Sox.
The spokesperson said the woman’s gray BMW was last seen heading south on Broadway, followed by the black Jeep he arrived in.
Chicago police found the woman’s make-up, ID, baseball tickets, and the BMW’s key fob in a garbage can behind the 1500 block of West Roscoe about an hour later. The car, however, has not been located.
The spokesperson described the thief as a Black male in his 20s who wore a ski mask and all-black clothing. He did not use force or threaten the woman, meaning the crime will be classified as an auto theft, not a carjacking.
CWBChicago is not identifying the woman or the White Sox player because we do not identify crime victims without their permission.
Auto thefts are up 107% citywide compared to last year and up 228% compared to 2019, according to CPD’s latest statistical report. In the Town Hall (19th) District, where the woman’s car was stolen, auto thefts are up 67% from last year and 200% from 2019.