Car Thefts Surge In Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) – Car thefts are on the rise in Chicago, and authorities say young joyriders are to blame.

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Chicago police officials say motor vehicle thefts are up more than 22 percent through September, compared to the same period last year.

Police Sgt. Phil Cappitelli tells the Chicago Sun-Times that the increase appears mostly to be tied to younger thieves, who often take older model cars and drive them until they run out of gas. But Cappitelli says he’s also investigating reports of tow truck operators illegally hooking cars and taking them to scrap metal yards where they’re crushed for cash.

Police say there is some good news in the crime stats. Violent crime is down 11 percent, and property crimes such as burglary and arson have also fallen.

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  • iphish

    So the good news is my car is more likely to get stolen than for me to be robbed or killed?………Only in Chicago folks!

    • Ruth

      hahahahahaha…isn’t that just crazy!

  • righttrack

    I thought that cars going to the junkyard had to have the titles with them for the junkyard to accept them. If it’s true that some tow truck drivers and junkyard owners are in cahoots on this, your car could be crushed and headed down the highway on the back of a flatbed truck before you even know it’s gone.

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