CHICAGO -- A tourist whose car was stolen in Chicago finally found it in a City auto pound- but couldn't get in Wednesday night because she didn't have the keys.
Donna Hart drove from Minnesota to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with her family on the South Side. Surveillance cameras recorded the scene Tuesday morning around 9:30 a.m. as she returned from her car with some toiletries- and was confronted by two armed men. They forced her to hand over her keys, and the men drove off with her car.
Hart describes the suspects as African American and likely in their late teens, noting that one had distinct red Air Jordan sneakers.
While Chicago police classified Hart's case as an armed robbery, it happened amidst a surge in carjackings in recent weeks, which have numbered more than 700 so far this year. One of the latest happened around 11:30 Tuesday night in the 1600 block of N. Wolcott in Bucktown. The victim, a 25-year-old womanm wasn't hurt. The armed man who took her purse and car hasn't been caught.
Yesterday, police arrested 3 teens now charged in two cases this month... and they're believed to be linked to a larger carjacking ring.
In a crazy coincidence, Hart's daughter spotted the stolen Hyundai Sonata with its Minnesota plates on the Dan Ryan Expressway Tuesday afternoon. SKYCAM 9 followed from above while State police pursued - but they got away. State police said there was gunfire from the vehicle between 83rd and 87th but troopers lost track when it exited near 103rd.
Police finally found the car near 70th and Chappell. But it's locked. The robbers took her keys, her spare keys are in Minnesota, and her wallet was also in the vehicle.
While Hart is trying to figure out how to get her spare keys, she says a locksmith told her it would be $300 just to get into her car. She says this Thanksgiving has turned into a nightmare, and she needs to get home to go to work on Saturday.
WATCH: Surveillance video captures tourist being targeted by armed robbers