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UPTOWN CHICAGO COMMISSION

Uptown in the News  

April 7, 2004
Inside Online
Disturbing trend: Parking garages entered, multiple cars damaged and contents taken
By Mary Corrado, editor


Two separate incidents in the 20th District, only 10 days and one mile apart, saw the security of "secured" parking areas violated and costly damage and theft within.

Numerous vehicles were damaged, and their contents stolen, in the secured parking lot of an apartment building in the 1100 block of W. Catalpa St. between 11:30 p.m. March 19 and 8 a.m. March 20. An '00 VW Jetta had a window broken; taken were 20 CDs, a pair of boots ($100) and some change. An '04 Jeep had a window broken; taken were an air pump, CDs, phone charger and sunglasses. An '04 Honda had a window broken; five CDs were missing. A BMW and a Nissan Pathfinder also had windows broken; missing contents are unknown. Police could not determine any forced entry point for the garage. An evidence technician was ordered.

The second incident took place between 10:30 p.m. March 29 and 6:45 a.m. March 30. Four cars had windows broken and items removed from them, all within an apartment building's secured parking lot in the 4800 block of N. Marine Dr. According to police reports, person(s) unknown had pried open the front door of the building to gain entry to the vestibule, then adjusted the angle of the surveillance camera. The offender then broke the window on the door to the parking lot, enabling him to unlock it. Damaged were a '99 Dodge Caravan; lost were many tools. Another '99 Dodge Caravan lost four maps, clothes, a duffel bag, a phone charger, and $12. An '02 Toyota Camry lost miscellaneous documents. A '99 Hyundai Sonata lost unknown items.


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