Police Blotter: Police investigate two auto theft cases

Sam Krevlin, Reporter

Evanston police officers are investigating an auto theft incident at The Autobarn of Evanston, 1033 Chicago Ave., on Thursday.

At 4:18 p.m. officers were dispatched to The Autobarn after an employee reported the theft.

A salesman told officers two men, one in his late teens and other around 20, came into the store saying they were shopping for a car, said Evanston Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan.

After talking to a salesperson, one of the men went outside to the auto dealership lot and got into a black BMW that had keys inside. By the time the salesperson ran to the door of the car to try to stop him from leaving, the suspect shut the door and pulled away, Dugan said.

The other man got into a silver vehicle, which authorities say is also a stolen car from a Chicago resident.

The stolen BMW does not have a license plate, and the two men have not been identified yet. Detectives are looking into video footage from the car dealership and other ways to track the car, Dugan said.

Police investigate second motor vehicle theft

An Evanston resident reported his vehicle stolen Saturday in south Evanston.

The resident, 52, told officers his 2013 Honda Accord was stolen between 10 p.m. Friday night and 7 a.m. Saturday.

The keys were not in the car at the time, Dugan said.

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