Warning on online ads issued by police district
by CYRYL JAKUBOWSKI
Two deceptive practice incidents that resulted in cars being stolen after they were advertised on the Craiglist Web site were reported this month, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
A 60-year-old man reported that he advertised that he was selling his 2011 Audi Q5 and that two men came to his home in the 3700 block of North Newcastle Avenue at about 5:10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, according to police. The man reported that as he was showing the car with the driver’s side door open and the car running, one of the men entered the vehicle and drove away and the other man fled in a silver Chevrolet Impala, police said.
A 43-year-old man reported that he advertised his 2004 Cadillac Deville and arranged a meeting with two men at about 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the 8300 block of West Summerdale Avenue, according to police. The man reported that he agreed to allow one of the men to test drive the vehicle and he drove away in the car and that the other man asked to see the vehicle’s title, police said. The man said that the man told him that he would get money from his car but then fled with the title in a Chevrolet Cruz, police said.
In the Feb 13 incident, one of the men was described as black, age 18 to 20 and 5-9 and wearing a black jacket. The other man was described as black, age 40 to 45, 5-9 and wearing a black jacket.
In the Feb. 8 incident, one was described as black and the other as Asian.
The 16th District CAPS Office is urging residents to be aware of the crime pattern and to take precautions.