Chicago police are warning residents on the Northwest Side of the city after nearly two dozen vehicle thefts were reported in the area in the first week of the new year.
According to a Chicago Police Department community alert published Friday, 22 Hyundai and Kia vehicles have been stolen across the 25th police district in early 2023.
Police said suspects have gained access to the vehicles either through unlocked doors or by breaking a window, and once inside, they’re able to force open the steering column, start the vehicle and drive off.
The only vehicles involved in these thefts are ones that require a key, rather than a push button, to start the vehicle. A viral TikTok “challenge” video that shows how to hot-wire Hyundai and Kia vehicles using a USB cable has led to increased vehicle thefts in areas across the country, some police departments have reported.
Police did not provide physical descriptions of the suspects in these incidents, but said there are multiple offenders seen wearing dark clothing and face masks.
The vehicle thefts reported by the CPD occurred in the following locations:
- 1600 block of North Cicero on Jan. 1, 2023 at 3 a.m.
- 4600 block of West North Ave. on Jan. 1, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.
- 2300 block of North Keeler on Jan. 1, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
- 1600 block of North Natchez on Jan. 2, 2023 at 3 p.m.
- 4400 block of West Cortland on Jan. 3, 2023 at 12 a.m.
- 1600 block of North Lamon on Jan. 3, 2023 at 5 p.m.
- 3000 block of North Harlem on Jan. 3, 2023 at 10 p.m.
- 3000 block of North Nottingham on Jan. 4, 2023 at 12 a.m.
- 2100 block of North Nashville on Jan. 4, 2023 at 2:30 a.m.
- 2900 block of North Natchez on Jan. 4, 2023 at 4 a.m.
- 1400 block of North Cicero on Jan. 4, 2023 at 3 pm
- 4400 block of North Deming on Jan. 4, 2023 at 4 p.m.
- 1300 block of North Lawndale on Jan. 4, 2023 at 6 p.m.
- 2900 block of North Mason on Jan. 4, 2023 at 6 p.m.
- 2200 block of North Central on Jan. 4, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
- 6700 block of West Wrightwood on Jan. 4, 2023 at 10 p.m.
- 6100 block of West Diversey on Jan. 5, 2023 at 2 a.m.
- 4800 block of West St. Paul on Jan. 5, 2023 at 8 a.m.
- 1900 block of North Tripp on Jan. 5, 2023 at 5 p.m.
- 4800 block of West Potomac on Jan. 5, 2023 at 6 p.m.
- 1700 block of North Laramie on Jan. 5, 2023 at 8 p.m.
- 1200 block of North Massasoit on Jan. 5, 2023 at 11 p.m.
Anyone with information about any of the thefts can contact Area Five detectives at 312-746-7394.