Antioch residents advised to be alert after daytime car theft

Antioch police are reminding residents to lock their cars and homes in light of a recent daytime theft of a car in the Red Wing View neighborhood.

In that case, a key fob was left inside an unlocked 2021 Honda Accord in the driveway of a home on the 1100 block of Goldfinch Lane, police said.

The car was stolen about 1 p.m. Friday and recovered later in the day after being used in a crime in an neighboring community, according to police.

Items also were taken from two other cars in the neighborhood.

Police said several leads are being followed but no arrests have been made as of Wednesday morning.

Police Chief Geoff Guttschow asked residents to be vigilant and call authorities if they see something unusual. The message is part of an ongoing outreach campaign advising residents to follow a nighttime routine of locking their cars and homes.

"Thieves are increasingly taking advantage of opportunity to steal cars and other unsecured items," he said. "Many times, stolen cars are then used to commit other crimes in neighboring communities."

He said it isn't unusual for car thieves to be armed and urged residents to call police rather than confront a potential thief.

Anyone with information related to the car thefts, including security camera video, or who may have been the victim of an unreported crime should call Antioch police dispatch at (847) 270-9111 or email

Home security camera footage of a suspect involved in an Antioch car theft is seen exiting a vehicle before entering a resident's garage. Police are warning of crimes of opportunity. Courtesy Antioch police
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