Getting a car stolen once would be stressful enough, but getting stolen twice in the space of three hours is almost unbelievable — but that’s exactly what happened to Chicago man Corey Simons. Simons is the proud owner of a 2017 Jaguar SUV, which was carjacked twice on the same day. “I mean, whose car gets stolen twice in three hours?” he says. Here’s what happened (twice) and how the luxury vehicle was recovered.
The first carjacking happened when Simons took his Jaguar for an oil change at a Chicago auto shop. A dark vehicle pulled up and two masked people got out. They walked to the bay where Simons’ car was being worked on, got in and drove off. “Masked individuals came in and just took the car and hijacked it,” simons said:.
Simons called the police, who showed up within minutes of the carjacking. Using the GPS tracker in the Jaguar, the police managed to track the stolen vehicle to East Garfield Park.
“We found it on the west side of Chicago,” Simons said. Police escorted Simons back to his vehicle and he drove off to get gas.
Simons went to a nearby gas station to fill the tank, and then his beautiful car was stolen a second time. “I got out of my car, refueled and got into another person who stole my car and drove off,” Simons says, adding that he had the car running while refueling. “Gone in 60 seconds or less. The nozzle was in the tank, gas flew everywhere.”
Simons contacted the same officers who found his car the first time and told them the surprising news. “I contacted the two officers who helped me before and said, ‘You’re never going to believe this, but my car has been stolen again,'” Simons said. This time the car was traced to Douglas Park. The car was quickly recovered, but thieves had already put stolen license plates on it.
Simons is grateful for the quick response from police officers both times. “Just a life lesson that we should all be careful with our surroundings and just be smart and diligent,” says Simons, adding that his friends and family have some great advice for him. “They tell me to buy some lottery tickets right now. Luck is on my side, hopefully luck this time.’