The neighborhood watch was in full effect on Sunday when a newlywed found a small white car parked out in front of his brick townhouse — but when he went outside, no one was home.
After a while, he took out his smartphone, and the video that unfolded on the device confirmed his suspicion. He told his wife, Alicia, and told her he wasn’t home because a guy was sitting in his car — because he’d been outside. Later that day, he received a call from a police officer who told him a Toyota Corolla had been parked on their street in the 2300 block of North Grant Street and that it had been stolen.
The husband told the officer that his neighbour next door had seen someone in the same white Toyota Corolla just two blocks away with the same men who had been sitting in his white car. He told police the car was his wife’s.
The officer told the man that his wife was being held against her will. The police also told him to watch out for the Honda, which might have been left there by a stranger and was nearly identical to the car found in his white Toyota.
The officer spoke to his neighbour, who confirmed seeing the white Toyota and its two men — and said they were friends of his.
The husband then called his brother. He said, “If you guys had your way, they’d all be dead.”
The car was missing Monday night, and a check of the credit cards on the victim’s card came up empty.
On Tuesday night, the wife reported the car stolen and the Honda stolen.
Aryeh Farber was also carjacked in a case involving two men driving a white Lexus sedan with Pennsylvania license plates. He ran after his wife and three children from their Marlowe Drive home to Thomas Rogers Park.
In his video, Farber said he found a white Toyota Corolla and offered to drive the car. But the men, who apparently believed he was a rival or part of the carjacking team, pushed him out of the vehicle, took his wallet and cell phone and fled in the Lexus.
The next day, Farber’s wife said she felt elated — because she could show everyone at the police station where the car was stolen.
Farber was detained and interviewed at the police station. At first, he didn’t see anything suspicious about the Lexus, but when he got home, he searched the Lexus and found the stolen credit cards. He positively identified the three men who had pulled him out of the car that night.