Car thieves escape after ramming cop car in Lakeview

CHICAGO — Two suspected car thieves rammed a Chicago police squad car in Lakeview, ripping off the cop car’s door as they sped away. No arrests have been made, but officers found the stolen car abandoned a couple of blocks away.

CPD tactical officers saw a 2011 Hyundai Sonata with a broken rear side window around 7:10 p.m. Friday. Stolen cars frequently have broken side windows, especially on theft-prone Kias and Hyundais. Thieves bust the glass, climb in, and start the vehicle by using a USB plug as a key.

Plus, the two men inside the Hyundai were wearing masks, so the cops were particularly suspicious. They decided to pull the car over in the 1600 block of West Wellington.

When the Hyundai’s driver pulled over at Ashland Avenue, the cops positioned their squad car in front of it, according to a CPD crash report.

After the officers exited their Ford Explorer, the Hyundai’s driver accelerated, striking the cop car’s passenger door, which was reportedly ripped from the frame. The Hyundai sped away, heading south on Ashland, the report said.

Police found the Hyundai a short time later in the 1500 block of West Wrightwood after a resident called 911 to report that two men abandoned a car and ran away. The men who ran from the vehicle were described as Black, probably in their teens, wearing black puffy coats and masks.

Officers said a group of “people who like to steal cars” lives in the area. The Hyundai’s owner lives in Gurnee, according to the police report. On Google Street View, his home is nestled on a tree-lined street featuring white fences and carefully maintained yards.

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