Silly suburbanites are becoming victims of complacency....and car thieves:
- Wealthy suburbanites, you may want to put your car keys away.
South Side thieves have targeted luxury cars in 40 wealthy towns across the Chicago area from Lake Forest to Barrington to Hinsdale, officials say.
The bandits slipped into unlocked cars and drove away using keys or fobs they found inside cup holders or consoles.
Authorities believe at least 70 vehicles — BMWs, Audis, Range Rovers and Infinitis — were pilfered by a loosely organized Chicago theft ring this year.
But they aren't stealing the cars for profit:
- Police have arrested about 15 suspects, most of them juvenile gang members. Detectives believe they were using the cars while committing armed robberies and shooting at rival gang members.
Oddly, the ring wasn’t selling the cars to chop shops for parts. Instead, they were using them in crimes and then dumping them, [Chicago Police Lt. Ed] Wodnicki said.
After they would steal cars, “one of the other things these brain surgeons did was burglaries in liquor stores,” Wodnicki said.
One of the cars is suspected to be the one that was used to almost run down a copper on video, resulting in the car thief being ventilated and numerous coppers facing termination.