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East Chicago police seek information after pickup driver tows away car without permission

Two men in a small red pickup truck, possibly a Ford F-150, towed away a woman's 1998 Buick Riviera on Monday from an alley in the 2800 block of Tod Avenue without her permission, police said. 


EAST CHICAGO — Police said Tuesday they're seeking information about two people in a small red pickup truck who towed away a car without its owner's permission.

An East Chicago woman told police Monday her brother called her to ask if she had hired someone to tow away her white 1998 Buick Riviera from behind his home, according to a police report.

The woman said she didn't, and headed to her brother's home in the 4800 block of Tod Avenue to find her car missing. The car has an Indiana license plate of 226LUX.

A neighbor filmed the incident on a cellphone, police said. The video showed two men in a small red pickup truck driving north in the alley pulling a red flatbed trailer loaded with the Buick, police said. The driver's side window of the Buick appeared to be broken.

The red pickup might have been a Ford F-150, police said.

The Buick has damage to the front, and the front passenger tire is missing a rim.

Anyone with information about the red pickup or its occupants is asked to call Detective Angelo Machuca at 219-391-8318. To remain anonymous, call 219-391-8500.

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