Cops found key fobs, key programmer after man on pretrial release rammed a squad car in River North: Chicago police report

Larenz Wair (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Every now and then, cars start disappearing from downtown Chicago parking garages. Their owners wonder how someone could have stolen so many cars from a single garage without the keys. Other times, car owners swear they locked their cars, but someone managed to get inside to steal things. How can that be?

We may have found a clue in the recent Chicago Police Department arrest report for 28-year-old Larenz Wair.

Officers pulled Wair over around 7:45 p.m. last Wednesday after he allegedly made an illegal U-turn outside Trump Tower in the 400 block of North Wabash. The cops positioned their squad car hood-to-hood in front of Wair’s 2018 Alfa Romeo.

Wair was apparently not interested in sticking around. Prosecutors say he rammed the squad car, backed into a parked vehicle, and then rammed the police vehicle a second time before the Alfa Romeo became disabled. The cops took him into custody. Officials say a CPD surveillance camera recorded it all.

That’s where the interesting part of the police report begins.

According to the officers, they found a backpack “filled with burglary tools” in Wair’s car, including “10 key fobs, a universal [key] programming device with a defaced serial number and other [miscellaneous] burglary tools.” The cops also located “suspected stolen items” in the car, according to a detention petition filed by prosecutors.

Wair was already on pretrial release for felony aggravated fleeing and heroin possession charges. That case was filed in August after he allegedly sped away from Illinois State Police troopers who tried to pull him over on the Dan Ryan for previously speeding away from Cook County sheriff’s police, according to court filings. He posted a $5,000 bail deposit to get out of jail.

Last week, Judge Ankur Srivastava granted the state’s detention petition, finding Wair to be a flight risk.

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