Burglar breaks into a dozen cars on one Lincoln Park street

Video images show two of at least a dozen cars that were burglarized on Stockton Drive in Lincoln Park this week. (Provided)

CHICAGO — At least a dozen car owners are footing repair bills after their cars were burglarized along a short stretch of Stockton Drive in Lincoln Park. 

Stockton is the street that winds through the park west of North Pond between Fullerton and Diversey. In a neighborhood filled with short streets and tall buildings, many local car owners have come to rely on Stockton’s free parking spaces.

But thieves find rows of cars lining the somewhat secluded street to be tempting targets.

“Checked on my car at 6 p.m. [Tuesday], everything was fine,” a CWBChicago reader said. “Just walked out during lunch today and was shocked to see not only my window busted, but 5 or 6 cars in a row with the same rear passenger window busted out.”

Check out the video he sent along:

Remarkably, the car owner said a Chicago police officer showed up when he called to report the break-in, although it took about two hours for them to arrive.

“Basically told me there’s nothing we can do even though there was clearly blood on my car from the break-in,” the victim said.

“The second officer that came to the scene was super helpful and empathetic. He even told me he wished they could test the blood on my car but due to limited resources, officers, etc they would be unable to do so. I heard that verbatim on the radio call he made.”

“I understand there’s clearly bigger issues to worry about, but to pay taxes, have this happen, and not even get a test done was just ridiculous. Elections have consequences.”

The car owner said his towing company told him of at least four more break-ins in the same area, closer to Fullerton Avenue. And a second CWBChicago reader said they found their car’s window shattered on Stockton Drive when they headed out for a road trip early Thursday.

CPD records show break-ins are even more common on Stockton Drive between LaSalle Drive and Armitage, along the edge of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

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