Cops Nab Parking Meter Thief Tuesday Night
It looks like Chicago’s parking meter bandit has been apprehended, according to Fox Chicago News.
Redefining the term “smash and grab,” West side resident Jeffrey Kaput, allegedly rammed his van into parking meter pay boxes to knock them over and load them in his van.
He was arrested early Wednesday morning, after being pulled over by police late Tuesday night in the 5500 block of West Augusta, following a report of a vehicle matching his van’s appearance colliding with a pay box.
Over the past five weeks, over 20 parking meter pay boxes have been uprooted and stolen on the West and Northwest sides of the city.
Kaput was also hit with drug charges, as police observed the suspect dropping what Kaput described as his “crack pipe.”
His bond was set at $200,000.
The payboxes, which are owned and operated by Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, the current lessee of the city’s 36,000 metered parking system, cost the company about $6000 each to replace.
“There is no comment except to reiterate that the theft of a pay box is a felony and CPM will seek to prosecute the violator(s) to the fullest extent of the law,” said Chicago Parking Meters, LLC spokesperson Avis LaVelle when asked for comment on the matter.
Here’s Fox Chicago’s full story, “Man Arrested for Stealing Parking Meters.”