A search warrant for a stolen car led Chicago police to a Southwest Side tow yard — and a big surprise.
Police found at least 10 stolen vehicles and thousands of dollars in stolen parts on the lot in the 6400 block of South Bell Avenue in Chicago Lawn while executing the search warrant around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The Tribune reports the GPS on a stolen vehicle led authorities to the lot.
After the nearly dozen stolen cars were discovered, police spent all evening towing more than 80 other vehicles for which the lot's owner had no paperwork or title. The cars on the lot included a Corvette and high-end SUVs, according to the Sun-Times.
In addition the towed cars — now being held at a city impound lot at 103rd Street and Doty Avenue —a police source told the Sun-Times stolen auto parts recovered include engines "so new you can eat off them," new tires and catalytic converters.
The most ironic find during the massive tow operation: Another tow truck. The owner of Pro Towing out of suburban Homer Glen told NBC Chicago the tow truck was stolen about three weeks ago from Crestwood.
The lot's owner was arrested after he was only able to provide five of the titles for the lot's worth of vehicles. ABC Chicago reports no charges have been filed and the owner is calling the situation a "misunderstanding."
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Quick Window Fix
At least they went with a clear umbrella.
Finally, a new use for all those old CDs.
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Someone's about to get the ride of their life (or the last ride of their life).
Garbage Bag Hood
They could have at least used a black garbage bag.
Mirror Boo Boo
Is there anything a Bandaid can't fix?
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Forget "donut," this is a munchkin!
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Well now that's just dangerous.
Sometimes you just need room for a little extra junk in the trunk.
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Really hoping those are for keeping people out, not IN.
Considering the way the rest of the car looks, a solid wood door isn't so bad.
No One WIll Notice
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A helpful reminder to spend less money on gas?
This should really confuse other drivers at night.
The reflectors on the side really add a nice touch.
Riot Gear Windshield
There's no way this works.
Now this is just fun.
This year's prom is going to be WEIRD.
Literal Door Lock
Would anyone even want to steal it at this point?
Business in the front, party in the back.
Defroster broken? No problem.
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The cops won't suspect a thing!
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Duct Taped Rearview Mirror
OK, now you're just being cheap.
Frankencar Part Two
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Where cleverness meets stupidity.
Now you can take comfort in two thin, wooden strips holding your door on at full speed.
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Great minds think alike?
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