Tinley Park dealership latest target of car theft ring in the Chicago area, officials say

Tinley Park police are investigating after five vehicles were stolen from a dealership on a stretch residents call "car dealers row." It's the 10th break in of a car dealership in the Chicago area in the last two months.

Police say shortly before 11:30pm Friday night, five people wearing masks broke through a window and into the service area of the Bettenhausen dealership at 159th St. and 83rd Ave. and entered the store.

Once inside they each stole a car and then left the lot, speeding eastbound on 159th Street and toward the expressway.

Police recovered one of the vehicles about a mile away, but the other 4 drivers were able to get onto I-57 and head north into the city.

This is the third break-in at a dealership in the Chicago area this week and the tenth since the first of the year.

Other cities where car dealerships have been broken into include: Libertyville, Villa Park, Clarendon Hills, Evanston
Naperville, Glencoe, and Chicago.

Tinley Park Mayor Dave Seaman said he believes it's all part of a larger car theft ring.

In all bit one instance, several cars were stolen and driven off the property. Police and village officials believe the cars are being used for other crimes and then abandoned.

As the investigation into the Tinley Park dealership break- in continues, police are still searching for the suspects and the remaining missing vehicles.

They say the missing vehicles are:

  • Blue 2013 Dodge Charger Illinois (registration #S134102)
  • White 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee (no Registration)
  • Black 2015 Chrysler 200 Illinois (registration #Z314994)
  • Blue 2015 Dodge Charger Illinois (registration #742270)

Owners of the dealership are working with police and reviewing surveillance video of the car lot. No arrests have been made.