An FBI agent’s vehicle was reportedly stolen earlier this week. A video from a surveillance had surrounded the internet showing the FBI agent’s White Chevrolet Equinox (2014) being abandoned at 900 block of South Leavitt Street, after being stolen from where it was parked in West Loop on the morning of July 03.
It was reported that, “Police said a 32-year-old man left his white Chevy Equinox running at the gas station when a male suspect entered the car and took off. The FBI confirmed that the vehicle belonged to an agent and had several firearms inside as well as tactical gear and a ballistic vest. The vehicle was last seen heading east on Van Buren Street.”
However, it has now been confirmed by the Chicago police that a 17-year-old boy has been charged in connection the theft of the agent’s vehicle.
The teenager was arrested “around 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning in the 5000 block of West Washington and charged with one felony count of vehicular hijacking, one felony count of aggravated battery of a government employee and one felony count of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle,” as ABC news.
It is to be noted that the vehicle has several firearms and tactical gear present inside of it, at the time that it was stolen. It is yet to be indicated by the FBI, as to whether the arms have been recovered.
Meiku Huang, a member of the West Loop Neighborhood Association expressed that the theft of an agent’s vehicle that is loaded with arms could cause a possible threat to the neighborhood and could possibly “mean that there are more guns on the streets of Chicago.”
“I used to feel very safe. I have a dog and I walk my dog late at night and I always felt safe. Now I have to ask myself, now I have to look over my shoulder. I don’t know if I like that,” he added.
Whereas, Bill Garcia, who resides within the neighborhood the car was stolen, highlighted how the FBI needs to be far more careful. “I read about this earlier because I work in that area … but I didn’t know this was the vehicle, he said. “I guess if you’re in the FBI, you probably shouldn’t leave your car running at a gas station,” Garcia added.