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Police warn McKinley Park residents about recent string of car thefts

CHICAGO — Police are offering a warning to residents on the city’s Southwest Side following a string of car thefts over the past week and a half. 

According to Chicago police, five victims in McKinley Park had their cars stolen over an eight-day period between Feb. 2, and Feb. 10. 

Authorities say during each incident, the victims parked their cars and found they were missing after returning either the same day or the following day. Four of the victims had parked their cars along West 33rd Street before they were stolen.

Chicago police offered the following timeline of where the car thefts occurred:

  • 3300 Block of South Oakley Avenue on Friday, Feb. 2, at 12:10 a.m. – Mckinley Park
  • 3200 Block of South Archer Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 p.m. – Mckinley Park
  • 3300 Block of South Leavitt Street between 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8 and 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. – Mckinley Park
  • 3300 Block of South Oakley Avenue between 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. – Mckinley Park
  • 3300 Block of South Bell Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 10, between 2:30 a.m. and 2:35 a.m.

Chicago police say residents in the area can take steps to avoid falling victim. 

Police say residents should not leave a vehicle running unattended or leave keys in a vehicle. Residents are also advised to keep their vehicle’s doors and windows secured. 

Police advise residents in the area to remain aware and alert their neighbors about the recent uptick in thefts. 

Offices say residents should pay special attention to any suspicious people loitering in the area and report any suspicious activity immediately. 

According to police, drivers who own Kias or Hyundais some of which do not have engine immobilizers, a safety feature to prevent thefts, can get anti-theft steering wheel locks from their local CAPS office. Residents are also eligible for reimbursements on GPS tracking devices once they are registered with the city. 

Police did not provide details regarding a potential suspect and said an investigation is underway. 

Anyone with information on the string of car thefts is asked to call the CPD Area One Bureau of Detectives at 312-747-8382 or dial 911. 

Those with information that could help authorities in their search can also leave a tip for police at CPDtip.com. Tips can be filed anonymously.

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