Downtown vehicle hijacking

11/02/2011 10:00 PM

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Two unknown men hijacked a 2004 Infiniti Sedan on the first block of East Lake Street Oct. 26 at 1:50 in the morning. The victim told police that the men walked up to his vehicle and one of them claimed the vehicle had a flat tire. The victim left his vehicle to check the tire, at which point one offender jumped inside the car. The victim and offender briefly tussled and the offender was able to pull him off, but the victim held onto the vehicle.

The victim was then dragged about one block in the car before letting go. At this point, the second offender jumped into the car and the Infiniti fled southbound on Wabash Avenue. The Wit Hotel, at 201 N. State St., has video recording of the offender.

$9,000 missing from luxury hotel

Hotel 71, a self-described boutique luxury hotel, filed a complaint Oct. 27 that $9,000 went missing after a deposit was made Oct. 19 to Bancorp, an armored truck company. The hotel’s records indicate three bags of money were deposited — but the armored truck company’s records show just two bags of money picked up on this date.

Also, two pages of Hotel 71’s receipt and deposit book were torn out. Hotel 71 management confronted the employee responsible for this deposit book who said, “I tore out the pages because I made a mistake.” The police report did not list this employee — or anyone else — as a possible suspect.

Woman assaulted with mace

An unknown man sprayed a woman with mace and snatched her purse at the 180 N. Jefferson St. parking lot Oct. 28 at around 5 p.m. in the afternoon.

As the victim was stepping off the elevator, the offender turned around, sprayed the mace and grabbed the victim’s purse. The victim tried to chase after the offender, but soon was unable to see.

The offender fled northbound toward Lake Street. The police report notes that the garage has video surveillance.

Costly parking garage theft

A man lost about $3,000 worth of possessions from his 2008 Ford Explorer that he parked at the 1 E. 8th St. parking lot on the evening of Oct. 28.

The victim returned to his car — which he left in the lot between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. — to find his $2,500 Toshiba laptop stolen.

Other items missing included a $300 box of wine, a purse, credit cards and $60 cash.

Swiped phone discovered

A victim had a $650 cell phone stolen as she was dining at the 8 E. Madison St. Chipotle on Oct. 25 at around 8 p.m. The victim placed her phone on the table, when the unknown offender — who the victim described as between 14 and 16 years old — asked her and her tablemates for money. The requested distracted her enough that the offender stole the phone.

Later, the victim checked Craigslist and saw an identical phone listed for sale. The victim terminated her phone service and notified Craigslist to investigate their listing of the suspect phone.

Loop bike thefts

A man locked his bike on the sidewalk at 444 W. Jackson Blvd. at around 7:30 in the morning and returned 30 minutes later to find it stolen. The victim said that he had chained the bike to the fence outside the Corner Bakery.

In a separate incident, a man locked his bike outside on the 600 block of West Washington Boulevard at 10 a.m. Oct. 26. The victim said he returned to the location at 6:15 p.m. to find the bike taken.

This summary contains information taken from the crime reports and arrest records of the 1st District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated

—Compiled by Matthew Blake

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