LOGAN SQUARE — A WWE wrestler from Europe reportedly had his championship belt stolen from his car Sunday in Logan Square.
Wrestling site PWInsider first reported the theft, saying the victim was Walter, an Austrian wrestler who is the WWE’s reigning United Kingdom champion. Walter and other wrestlers were in Logan Square for Evolve 142, a wrestling event at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Walter’s championship belt and passport were stolen, as were items belonging to another wrestler, according to PWInsider.
The wrestling league’s championship belts are famously large and flashy. A replica of the stolen belt costs more than $500 on the WWE’s website.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, two men reported their rental car, which was parked in the 2500 block of North Kedzie Avenue, had been broken into, a Chicago Police spokeswoman said. The rear window of the car had been broken and “several personal items were taken,” police said.
No one was in custody and there was no description of the thief.
That area has been hit hard by car break-ins recently. Nick Almendarez, who runs wrestling events at the Logan Square Auditorium, said robbers have been “constantly” breaking into cars there.
“We’ve been met with the same issues … almost every show with people getting their cars broken into,” Almendarez said. “It’s disappointing that it keeps happening and it’s happened again … .”
Almendarez said Walter’s plight has put more attention on the break-ins, and he’s worried fans of his wrestling show won’t feel safe coming anymore. The police haven’t been able to help because there isn’t much they can do after a car is broken into, Almendarez said.
Hoping to stop the break-ins, Almendarez is now having people watch cars around the area.
Almendarez’s next show, called Freelance Wrestling, is Friday. The doors open at 8 p.m. at the Logan Square Auditorium and tickets are $20 at the door or can be bought online. Freelance Wrestling events are held once per month.
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