Carloads of Car Thieves, Outsiders, Enter Suburbs and Steal Easy Target Vehicles with Key Fobs Inside Vehicles Parked Outside

CBS 2’s Chelsea Irving reports that groups of thieves are going from the city to the suburbs, targeting victims who are making it easy for them to get in their cars.

A Barrington couple felt “safe out here” but discovered overnight recently that both of their vehicles had been stolen.

Arlington Heights police have been aware for over two years that carloads of outsiders are driven into neighborhoods, and scatter on foot throughout neighborhoods overnight and during early morning hours to commit vehicle burglaries and auto thefts. If keys or key fobs are left in vehicles parked outside, there is a good chance a vehicle will be stolen.

On Monday June 25, 2018 just midnight five offenders were in the middle of a vehicle burglary attempt on Victoria Lane near Newkirk Lane in Palatine, when they were interrupted by the vehicle owner. The offenders fired shots at the vehicle owner, and fled in two vehicles. One of the vehicles had just been stolen in Deer Park. Some or all of the suspects were later captured following a police pursuit from the suburbs to Chicago, where a crash occurred on eastbound I-290 near Racine Avenue.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran told CBS Chicago’s Chelsea Irving that every stolen vehicle had a key fob in the vehicle.

The crimes are occurring in Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane and Will counties and more.

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