Go ahead, read that headline again. That’s right, Elliott Scott carjacked a tow truck in Chicago Tuesday. However, the truck’s rightful owner tracked down the flatbed thanks to GPS, whereupon the owner found Mr. Scott in the truck’s driver seat. The owner then pulled a gun on the Mr. Carjacker and explained things.
Mr. Scott, feeling himself terribly wronged, called 9-1-1 to have the police arrest the tow truck’s owner for pointing a firearm at him. CPD cuffed the carjacker instead of the truck’s owner. After all, the truck’s owner had a concealed carry license.
At his court appearance, Mr. Scott admitted to calling 9-1-1 to the judge, whereupon his attorney told the young thief to shut up.
Only in Chicago, right?
CWB Chicago has the story.
A Grand Crossing man stole a towing company’s truck and then called 911 himself because he was upset that the truck’s driver dared to pull a gun on him, prosecutors said.
Elliott Scott, 22, is charged with aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, misdemeanor theft, and driving on a suspended or revoked license.
“Mr. Scott called 911?” a befuddled Judge Charles Beach asked prosecutors after hearing their allegations.
“Yeah,” Scott interjected. “Right.”
Scott’s defense attorney quickly advised him, “it’s not best to talk about the charges” in court.
Prosecutors said police responded to a call Tuesday after someone stole a flatbed tow truck operated by Tri-City Towing from the 7400 block of South Exchange. The company’s owner provided police with its GPS coordinates, and cops went to that location.
In a city where cops manage to successfully solve only 2.7% of non-fatal shootings, it’s no wonder the tow truck’s owner went looking for his stolen truck. Because if non-fatal shootings don’t get solved, how many stolen cars or trucks do you suppose are recovered intact?
That said, it’s never a great idea to threaten or use deadly force merely to defend (or in this case, recover) property. Especially in anti-self-defense jurisdictions where Soros-funded State’s Attorneys make the charging and prosecution decisions.
Fortunately, this story had a happy ending as cops didn’t hassle the tow truck’s owner. It could have ended poorly for him, though.