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Vehicular Hijackings (8th District – Chicago Lawn)

On Monday, October 10, 2011 at approximately 1:20 pm, in the 6800 block of S. Oakley, an offender approached the victim (a male, 50) and representative of an auto dealership and asked to test drive a vehicle. During the test drive, the offender displayed a weapon and forced him out of the vehicle. The offender then fled with the vehicle.

On Friday, October 21, at approximately 2:15 pm in the 5600 block of S. Western, the victim (male, 38), also a representative of an auto dealership, was approached by an offender who asked to test drive a vehicle. At some point during the test drive, two additional offenders entered the vehicle and the victim was forced to exit. The offenders then fled the scene.

About the Offenders:

1-3 Male Black offenders, 20-30 years of age, 5’6”-5’8”, 200 lbs. One of the offenders is described as having black dreadlocks. The other offenders have short hair.

What you can do:

•Request drivers’ licenses from customers prior to allowing a test drive

•Always be aware of your surroundings

•Report suspicious activity immediately

•If you are confronted by an assailant remain calm

•Remember any unique physical characteristics (scars, limp, acne, teeth, etc…)

•Never pursue a fleeing assailant, provide the information to the police

•If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information

•Dial 9-1-1 immediately and remain on scene when possible

•Ensure other employees know you are taking a potential customer out on a test drive, the route of the test drive and your estimated time of return.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Area 1 Detective Division at (312) 744-8382.

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