CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Northwest Side alderman said it’s a cautionary tale: why drivers should not get out of their cars and leave them running, even for a few seconds.
According to 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez, a woman was delivering newspapers around 5 a.m. Thursday morning in the 5700 block of North Sacramento, when her car was stolen with her two children were inside.
The woman left her car running and got out to make deliveries. That's when, Chicago police said, a black sedan pulled up behind the woman’s Jeep and a passenger got out, jumped in the Jeep, and took off - not knowing the woman's 10- and 12-year-old girls were in the car.
Alderman Vasquez said the thief apparently realized there was one child in the Jeep, and he dropped her off at a Home Depot parking lot before trying to take off again.
“When I guess the second kid, who was in the back who had been asleep, started crying. And that’s when they found out there’s another kid," Ald. Vasquez said.
Police said the thief crashed the Jeep.
Ald. Vasquez said the two children have been found and they were not injured during the incident.
"Like all of you, I am very grateful and relieved that the children are safe. Please help us in reminding neighbors not to leave vehicles unattended while the engine is running, even during the winter months," Ald. Vasquez said in a statement.
No one is in custody at this time. The investigation is ongoing.