Auto thefts, carjackings on the rise throughout North Shore – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Police across the North Shore are pleading with residents to lock their cars and be careful getting in and out of them, saying that an existing pattern in which cars are stolen and often used to commit other crimes has escalated into carjackings and armed street robberies.

“The pattern we’re experiencing now is the same we experienced all of last year, but it’s grown in size, and it encompasses a lot of communities,” Wilmette Police Chief Brian King said.

The most recent of the violent incidents were two car hijackings in south Evanston, which took place hours apart last Thursday and Friday, according to Evanston police. In each case, suspects forced a woman to give up her car at gunpoint. Police later saw both cars following each other and gave chase. One car crashed and the occupant fled, leaving behind a loaded revolver recovered by police, while officers discovered the second car abandoned on the far north side of Chicago.

Earlier this month, King warned that previously-identified burglary crews “have morphed into committing street robberies and carjackings … Offenders in our auto thefts and auto burglaries are suspects in violent crimes, including armed robberies, street robberies and carjackings.”

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