We reported just yesterday on Chicago vehicle thefts, and unfortunately we have another theft to report today. Five cars were stolen last night from a dealership in west suburban Villa Park.
Villa Park Police Chief Robert Pavelchik says it was discovered at about 10:30pm that multiple vehicles had been stolen from Lucky Motors. The dealership’s manager, Chuck Pickerill, told reporters at the scene that five people entered Lucky Motors through an overhead door and proceeded to steal a Bentley, Jaguar, Honda, Volvo and Mercedes.
“They were in and out in about 10 minutes,” Pickerill said.
Pavelchik said one of the cars was later recovered in Oak Brook Terrace, while another was found after a crash somewhere in Chicago.
This marks the fourth report of vehicle thefts in the Chicago area in the past few months.
Last November, nine vehicles were stolen from Chevrolet of Chicago, as well as three from the Autobarn Volkswagen Chicago dealership next door. The thieves who struck the Chevy dealership were particularly brash, as they called the dealership after the thefts saying they had the keys to the vehicles and asked about the reward for their return. Four sets of dealer plates were also stolen from the store.
In January, thieves made off with six vehicles from Jaguar of Naperville and Infiniti of Naperville in a matter of 24 hours. Commander Lou Cammiso of the Naperville police department said that although similar crimes “are going on all over the Chicago area,” police don’t believe that they’re necessarily connected or that a single group is responsible.
“It appears to be mostly people with the same idea,” Cammiso explained. “There isn’t any kind of organized group that’s responsible, that I know of.”
Earlier in February, there was yet another incident, as thieves broke a window to enter a Perillo BMW warehouse in Chicago. Although they found the keys to four new BMWs and made off with the cars, the vehicles were discovered and returned to the dealership the next morning.
These incidents are certainly a cause for concern, and also serve as a reminder to all dealerships to ensure that security measures are in place to keep cars, keys and dealer plates safe from theft.