FBI agent's stolen SUV found on West Side after getting parking ticket


An FBI-issued SUV stolen when an agent left it running at a gas station early Monday was found about 2 miles away later in the day, but investigators didn’t immediately know if weapons stolen with it were inside, authorities said.

At 1 a.m., the FBI vehicle, a white 2014 Chevrolet Equinox containing several firearms and tactical gear such as a bulletproof vest, was stolen from a gas station in the 300 block of South Morgan Street, an FBI spokesman said in an email.

Later Monday, police were able to track down the SUV after a parking ticket was issued to it while it was parked in the 900 block of South Leavitt Street, about 2 miles from where it was stolen, police said.
Monday night, uniformed and plainclothes investigators huddled on Leavitt Street, where the SUV, a Chevrolet Equinox, sat with a its gas cap undone and a parking ticket on the window — less than a half mile away from the FBI Chicago Field Office, which could be seen from the scene.

Authorities hadn’t searched inside the vehicle to see if any of the weapons were still inside. Instead, officers called for a tow truck to take it to be processed. Another vehicle was found earlier in the day with some of the gear inside, but not the handguns, an official said.

Bill Garcia, who lives on the block, read about the theft earlier in the day, because he works in the area where the vehicle was stolen. Later in the evening, as he was taking out the garbage, police swarmed the SUV parked in front of his home.

“I read about this earlier because I work in that area … but I didn’t know this was the vehicle,” Garcia, 30 said while sitting on the porch of his home. “I guess if you’re in the FBI, you probably shouldn’t leave your car running at a gas station.”

A surveillance camera at Garcia’s home captured footage of someone ditching the vehicle around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

“You can see the car parked here and another one reverse down the street. The guys got out to wipe it down and they drove away.”

In the video, before leaving, one man can be seen doing something in the back of the SUV. A grey sedan pulls away just after the man leaves the back of SUV and disappears from view.

The FBI was working with the Chicago Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, FBI officials said.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or its contents should contact the FBI or Chicago police. 



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