NOBLE SQUARE — A couple doing laundry at a Noble Square laundromat had their parked SUV stolen from outside the business — with a 3-year-old boy in a car seat in the back, police said.
The thieves abandoned the 2014 Jeep Cherokee less than a block away, and an alert neighbor spotted two men running from it and called police.
The boy was safe and returned to his father and his girlfriend, authorities said.
It happened at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of West Chicago Avenue, police said.
The Yo-Yo Coin Laundromat & Drop Off is on that block.
According to police, the boy’s father went into the laundromat to use the washroom while his girlfriend was loading laundry into the Jeep.
As the dad was returning to the SUV, he saw it being driven away by someone he didn’t know, police said.
According to neighborhood residents, the thieves dumped the car in the alley behind the nearby First Midwest America Bank.
Police said the witness who lives nearby saw two people running away from it. Officers arrived within minutes.
Police said the witness described one of the two seen running from the Jeep as a black man, approximately 18 to 20 years old, 6-foot-1, slender, with a red shirt under a hoodie and wearing black skinny jeans. The second man was described as black, 18 to 20 years old, 6-foot-4, wearing a white sweater with a yellow or orange stripe on it.
Neither is in custody, police said.