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Unlocked, Running SUV Shockingly Stolen From New Lenox Gas Station

A man left his Chevy Silverado unlocked and running at a New Lenox gas station, and somebody stole it.

It looks like this car was locked. Credit Getty
It looks like this car was locked. Credit Getty
A brazen thief somehow made off with an unattended SUV left running and unlocked at a New Lenox gas station Wednesday afternoon.

Police responded to the Speedway station on Route 30 about 2:45 p.m. to investigate the crime.

An "officer was dispatched to Speedway reference to a report of a stolen vehicle," police said. "The complainant advised that an unknown person stole his White 1994 Chevrolet Silverado after he left the truck running and unlocked in the parking lot."

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Ty Conderoga February 09, 2014 at 03:27 AM
Awesome. That right there is a Darwin award. I saw some jerk pull-up in front of Italian Fiesta pizza the other day with a shiny new F-350 crew and hop-out leaving it running while he went in for his pie. Truck must have been too big for the little man to park properly and shut-off.
Flora Dora February 09, 2014 at 07:32 AM
Some people just never learn. Take the key and lock the doors ! When you have lived in the Bronx you lock everything all the time!
NL4LIFE February 09, 2014 at 07:46 AM
I just posted this to the New Lenox Neighborhood Watch Facebook Group. It's too precious.
NL4LIFE February 09, 2014 at 07:51 AM
I dont wish bad on anyone but I would never leave my car running and doors unlocked.
James Madison February 09, 2014 at 09:04 AM
These comments must come from Johnny-come-later folks to New Lenox. Since when is it risky to leave a vehicle running in this cold? Since WalMart came to town, is when. That's why we live here, because its the kind of place where you can leave your truck running. Your blaming of the driver shows complacency that would not have been tolerated in the past. Don't blame the driver, blame the new direction of this town.
NL4LIFE February 09, 2014 at 09:13 AM
The complacency lies with the truck owner. When you get complacent and let your guard down then someone can take advantage of you. I have never left my car running and doors unlocked...EVER. Not town is safe from crime and Walmart is not to blame. You act like New Lenox never had these crimes prior to Walmart coming to town. WOW.
NL4LIFE February 09, 2014 at 09:14 AM
But I will say this...if you wanna leave your truck running and doors unlocked then please do. Don't be surprised when your truck gets stolen some day.
NL4LIFE February 09, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Also I have lived in the Lincoln-Way Area almost my entire life and New Lenox for 13 years so I wouldn't be in the Johnny Come Lately Category.
James Madison February 09, 2014 at 09:40 AM
NL4: I challenge you to compare crime rates, pre and post Wally World. If you can show it is the same, I will eat crow. And yes, the burden is on you to prove this. Nuff said said about that. Are you the kind of person that always blames victims for risky behavior? Short skirt, dark alley, driving with doors unlocked...? That was a rhetorical question, I don't have time to be on a forum all day...I'm outta here.
Ty Conderoga February 09, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Walmart does indeed bring people into the area who normally would not come here. Many studies have shown the uptick in Crime after Wally comes to town, and I'm not just talking shoplifting. The influx of people who just jump-off the highway notice the nice cars and things we own here and often leave on trailers in our yards. __________________________________________ http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140207133016.htm
Ty Conderoga February 09, 2014 at 11:21 AM
From study: "There have been dozens of studies on the 'Wal-Mart effect' showing the company impacts numerous outcomes closely related to crime. Our objective was to determine if the Wal-Mart effect extended to understanding crime rates during arguably one of the most pivotal historical periods in the study of crime," Wolfe says. Wolfe and Pyrooz based the study on 3,109 U.S. counties. They focused on Wal-Mart's expansion in the 1990s, a time of dynamic growth for the company and falling crime rates nationally. During that decade Wal-Mart expanded in 767 of those counties.
NL4LIFE February 09, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Lets talk about what WE KNOW., not what you THINK YOU KNOW. The facts WE KNOW so far are: 1. He left truck doors unlocked 2. He left keys in truck 3. He left truck running 4. The truck was stolen The only thing he didn't do was put a sign on his truck saying..."please steal me." Now knowing the facts at hand I would say the victim made it very easy for his car to be stolen and could have taken better precautions to avoid this. There is no proven direct correlation Walmart increased crime in New Lenox. There has not been any studies for New Lenox regarding this claim. There are bad people in every town and New Lenox is no different. Finally, you are assuming the criminal doesn't live in New Lenox and Walmart lured this criminal.
Ty Conderoga February 09, 2014 at 05:52 PM
I remember when Mc Donald's on Rt 30 came to town and there was some stiff opposition to changing the character of the town. We can't stop progress. We all like our Big Mac's and our cheap China products. No, we don't know for certain that a WalMart shopper stole the careless driver's truck, but we also can't ignore probability and statistics. Locks are on doors only to keep honest people honest. The days of me leaving the keys up on the visor are long gone. Be vigilant.
NL4LIFE February 09, 2014 at 06:09 PM
The days of leaving the keys on the visor never existed for me. I don't take chances with my belongings.
Kathie Miller February 09, 2014 at 06:53 PM
I'm not sure you can call that stolen, sounds like that person just gave his SUV to someone... TAKE YOUR KEY AND LOCK YOUR CAR
Kathie Miller February 09, 2014 at 06:54 PM
im sorry Truck not SUV
Stacey Cannon February 09, 2014 at 08:49 PM
Many vehicles that have a fab separate from the keys can leave the ignition key in, vehicle running and take the fab with you and lock the door. I do it all the time. I dont care if my car is in front of my house warming up, I keep my car locked. I have recently started doing this. I moved to NL bc it was a safe town. People helped people, crime was generally just a dumb teenager. But our economic downward spiral, I dont trust anywhere. I do not want to say its fully Wal-Marts fault, but Wally has brought in a different mentality of people that *live* in NL. And with our Gold for cash, Ross, it's only going to get worse. I'm just waiting on the next JJ's fish and Chicken. :(
Christine Hunt February 09, 2014 at 08:52 PM
I have lived in New Lenox for 38 years. I have always locked my car when I leave it, even if I'm standing next to it pumping gas. I grew up in Oak Park, you grew up smart, and you exercised common sense! No matter where I go, and I drive a lot, I follow this wise step, and taught my kids that too. We have all become too complacent, doesn't pay. It doesn't matter where you live!
NL4LIFE February 09, 2014 at 09:17 PM
No town is crime free or only has teenager crime. That is a naive way of thinking.
Shawn O'Malley February 10, 2014 at 09:38 AM
What do Ty Conderoga, James Madison and Chuck Soukup have in common? All the same person and he's a douchebag!
Ty Conderoga February 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Hey Shawn- How about you and me meet-up for a beer? Then you can tell me all about your ideas.
NL4LIFE February 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Shawn must be the guy who had his truck stolen.

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