Thieves Target Chicagoans Selling Cars

Police offer advice to stay safe

Sunday, Feb 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:11 PM CDT
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Thieves Target Chicagoans Selling Cars

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File Image: People trying to sell their cars are being targeted by thieves, according to Chicago police.

Police are warning people selling cars on the Southwest Side of a series of robberies and vehicular hijackings perpetrated by two men who express interest in taking a test drive of the vehicles.

The two men, described as black males, one about 20 to 30 years old and the other about 30 to 40 years old, have contacted victims in the Southwest Side Chicago Lawn district to test drive vehicles that are for sale, an alert from police said. When they meet with the sellers or during the test drives, the men take the vehicles and personal property by force from the victims.

These incidents have been taking place in the approximate area of 60th Street from Western Avenue to California Avenue, the alert said.

The victims have been contacted from telephone numbers (872) 232-6657 and (224) 800-5550, police said.

Police advise those selling cars to ask anyone who calls for their full name, confirm the telephone number of the caller if blocked, limit test drives to main thoroughfares, and immediately report any suspicious calls or activity to 911.

Anyone who may have any information on these incidents or the suspects is asked to call Wentworth Area detectives, at (312) 747-8382.

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