Police Recover Stolen Bridgeview Fire Department Vehicle

Steve Miller
July 25, 2019 - 1:25 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Village of Bridgeview said a fire department battalion chief had his department SUV stolen late Thursday morning after he left it running in front of a firehouse.

Bridgeview Village Spokesman Ray Hanania said the chief did what a lot of first responders do: He left his SUV running and went inside the firehouse.

And someone stole it.

"It appears that the person who took it managed to get past the security restraints that are built into the vehicle," he said. 

Got around them - or Hanania said, the security restraints were not turned on.

"First responder vehicles have these security restraints so they can keep their vehicles running.  And the reason they do that (is) because they want to be able to respond as quickly as possible to emergency calls."

In any case, Chicago Police said they arrested the car thief on Lake Shore Drive near Monroe.

Hanania said police had to break a window because the man refused to leave the SUV he had stolen.

He said the SUV was stolen at Fire Station 2, 7350 West 100th Place.