Car stolen with 1-year-old boy inside on Near South Side, Chicago police say; child found safe along with car

Car stolen with 1-year-old boy inside on Near South Side, Chicago police say; child found safe along with car

CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago police stated a 1-year-old boy is secure after a automobile he was in was stolen on the Close to South Aspect Wednesday afternoon.

Police stated that at about 12:50 p.m. within the 0-100 block of East twenty third Avenue a 51-year-old man stopped at South Loop Auto Physique store in a black Audi SUV in search of a fast restore estimate.

“As we had been like proper right here within the alley, I see the black Volkswagen truck pull as much as him, pull up on the aspect of his automobile,” stated Chatal Cole, eyewitness and store supervisor.

An unknown offender received out of that automobile, received into the sufferer’s automobile with the kid nonetheless inside, police stated, then look off northbound on Wabash Avenue. The Volkswagen additionally fled in the identical route, CPD stated.

Surveillance video from the auto physique store captured the theft because it occurred.

“My coronary heart dropped, like I I did not even, like I felt like I used to be in shock prefer it was my child like, ‘Oh my god,’ you already know, like, it is horrible. Like what are they we going to do with a toddler?” Cole stated. “We heard the skid marks like was a automobile pulling off and he was like, ‘My child! My child!’ He ran towards Michigan and like making an attempt to expire to the automobile.”

The sufferer’s automobile was recovered within the 2200-block of South Indiana Avenue with the 1-year-old inside, police stated. There have been no reported accidents.

Eyewitness Steve Eisen noticed what occurred.

“”There was a pink gentle and the automobiles blew by means of the pink gentle made a flip underneath Indiana after which the automobile stopped after which an entire bunch of commotion. One other automobile did a U-turn and took off,” he stated.

Eisen stated the suspected thief jumped out Audi and into one other car simply blocks away from the place SUV was initially stolen. Moments later, he and others noticed the emotional reunion between the person and the 1-year-old boy.

An investigation by Space Three detectives is ongoing. It was not instantly clear if anybody was in custody, or if police had an outline of any suspect.

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