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Added Jan 23 2012

Tonight, about 1:30 am in the morning, we heard a loud noise outside so we looked out and saw our Jeep askew and a white flatbed truck trying to drive away. We thought they had hit it, but it turns out that they were trying to steal our car and it must have fallen off the truck. We called the police and they came saying that they were on it and drove off in the direction that the tow truck went. Has anyone heard anything about this?

  • Where was this located? I too heard loud noises last night around that time (Winthrop between Berwyn/Balmoral).

  • BRITE BABY in Edgewater Designer infant and women's evening wear

    WoW!!!:-(

  • It was on the corner of Magnolia and Thorndale.

  • EveryBlock Becca Director of Community Management

    Hmm. Someone recently posted a similar message in Northcenter about a stolen Jeep: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jan23-stolen-vehicle-4685126/

  • That's crazy! I guess they were specifically looking for a black jeep.

  • EveryBlock Becca Director of Community Management

    I'm crossing my fingers for you, Charlie!

  • Thank you for the concern, but luckily for us, they didn't actually get my jeep and it doesn't seem like there is any damage to it. I feel sorry for the people whose jeep they apparently got (if it was the same flatbed truck).

  • Barbara in Ravenswood Ravenswood resident since 1984.

    Glad to hear they didn't get your car. I guess it's not unusual for car thieves to use tow trucks to get what they want-? I've heard it's better not to park at the end of a block, for that reason. Apparently it's recommended to park with your wheels turned to their limits which makes it harder for the vehicle to be moved. Other tips may be found by googling "car theft using tow truck or flatbed" :-)

  • F. R. Johnson recently transplanted to Portage Park

    A while back at night I saw headlights further down the alley near a car that was parked on the opposite side near the Sears parking lot. A man got out of the passenger side of the vehicle, went around the front of the truck over to the driver side. I stood in plain sight watching. The passenger side man got back in the truck and it drove toward and past me. It was a tow truck but was going too fast for me to see anything written on the side. I waited and a minute later the truck came back down the alley and stopped near the parked car again. Once again I watched them and they took off. I thought this was rather curious, but it is illegal to park in the alley. (When a Comcast technician came out to install my service, his truck was towed.) I was wondering if just anyone can get a tow truck? I looked later and the parked car was still there. When I went over to the parked car I saw that the driver had parked between a dumpster and a utility pole.

  • Inactive user

    Not trying to be funny, but are you current on your car payment? Could have been car repo guys...

  • lol, that was first thing the police officer asked us. We are current on our car payments. It would be odd for the repo guy to tow it halfway into the street and then drive away without staying to complete the repossession. Even if we were illegally parked, which we weren't, I believe they would stay to complete the processes.

  • I had my Jeep stolen on Grace and Clark in lakeview 1/18/12 and it was recovered in Northcenter 4100 N Wolcott 24 hours later. Flatbed truck a strong possibility

  • video am stereo drives a ford ranger

    beware of lincoln drivers ok ,not all of them are , some will take your car eles where ok and some of them
    use other kinds of tow trucks
    AAA drivers are ok but not lincoln ok

  • F. R. Johnson recently transplanted to Portage Park

    Is anyone here old enough to remember a song called "Lincoln Park Pirates?" When the tow truck went past me in the alley that night, the song came to mind when I was looking for a name on the side of the truck. It was so odd that they seemed to take off whenever they saw me watching.

  • Barbara in Ravenswood Ravenswood resident since 1984.

    Yes, F.R. Johnson, I certainly do remember the 1972 song "Lincoln Park Pirates" by the late, great Steve Goodman. Lincoln Towing has had its share of controversies since the '60s & '70s.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Towing_Service

  • shawn m Moving from apt to apt in RP

    A few months ago 3 people were arrested on the south side for stealing random cars by using tow trucks. Hope that's not happening here.
    Is it possible the spot you were parked in was monitored by a towing company? I rent a spot that is monitored by Lincoln Towing, and one night last month I parked in it with a car I borrowed that didn't have the LPS sticker on the back. Even thought it was my spot and no one called to complain, Lincon Towing took it anyway and charged me $190. I called the landlord and he said that's how they operate and there wasn't anything he could do.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=389Rk1jzPMk
    Here's a link to the "Lincoln Park Pirates" song.

  • Sharon 33 year Ravenswood neighbor

    In regard to the Lincoln Park Pirates - I had my car towed several years ago by them with a trunk full of groceries. I went to get it and the cashier was behind what looked like a safety glass window.WONDER WHY ???!!! They just lie in wait for someone to do a 2 minute erand and WHAM! Your car is gone.
    (I love that tune, by the way)

  • F. R. Johnson recently transplanted to Portage Park

    Punkvoter, thanks so much for the link! I have the song on vinyl but nothing to play it with. The video makes it all the better! When the Comcast truck was towed I was tempted to ask the technician the next morning when he came to finish the job if he knew who towed it. Looks like we need to keep our eyes on tow trucks now if they are being used illegally. Maybe someone will tow the tow truck.

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