Chicago crime: Corey Simon stole car twice in 3 hours: ‘Luck is on my side’

CHICAGO (WLS) — Corey Simon almost couldn’t believe it himself.

“I mean, who gets their car stolen twice in three hours,” he asked aloud.

First, a brazen car theft in broad daylight, straight from the auto shop. Simon said it happened on Monday when he took his 2017 Jaguar SUV for an oil change.

A dark car with four doors pulls up, two people with masks get out, then go into the bay where Simon’s car had the hood. They closed it, jumped in and left.

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“Masked individuals came in and just took the car and hijacked it,” Simon said.

Simon called the police – they were there within minutes – and showed them the GPS tracker on the car.

“We found it on the west side of Chicago,” he said.

His Jaguar went from Bucktown to the 2600 block of W. Madison in East Garfield Park.

CPD escorted him to his car. Simon got his car back and took it to his local gas station to fill up, then: “I got out of my car, full of gas, and jumped another person who stole my car and drove away.”

He says his car was stolen twice within three hours. He said he left it running while filing at the gas station.

“Gene in 60 seconds or less,” he said. “The nozzle was in the tank, gas was flying everywhere.”

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This time, the car was going from the 2300 block of West Fullerton in Bucktown to Douglas Park.

“I contacted the two officers who helped me before and said, ‘you’ll never believe this, but my car has been stolen again’.”

The Chicago police were able to recover his car. Simon said there were stolen plates on it when they got it back the second time, and he’s grateful for the police’s quick work.

“Just a life lesson that we all have to be careful of our surroundings and just be smart and diligent,” he said.

As for his friends and family?

“They’re telling me to buy some lottery tickets at this point,” he said. “Luck is on my side, but hope it will be good luck this time.”

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