Mayor describes events following carjacking that affected his family – NBC Chicago


Tinley Park Mayor Michael Glotz said his family is still grappling with the repercussions of a January carjacking and said recent criticism of him for what happened that night weren’t fair.

“It was horrible for me to get a call from your daughter crying that her car had just been taken away from her while she was standing right next to it,” Glotz said.

No one was injured and the car was found days later in Calumet City.

But Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones questioned why Glotz drove with a baseball bat in his truck and two members of the Tinley Park Police Department in Calumet City the night the car was stolen.

“It was a gross abuse of power and should be investigated by state police to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” Jones said.

According to Glotz, he contacted the Tinley Park dispatcher and gave his name and said his daughter’s car was stolen.

“I never mentioned myself as mayor in any of my phone calls,” Glotz said.

Glotz said the automaker informed them of the location of the car and a police communications network spread the word about the stolen car.

He says he carries a bat in his vehicle because he plays sports.

“I wasn’t going there to confront the people who stole my daughter’s car,” Glotz said. “I was going there to give my daughter’s spare car keys to the police so they could look for them.”

Glotz disputes the criticism and calls it political.

“I’m shocked to hear now that he has a totally different story three months later of what happened,” Glotz said. “So it’s a shame.”

Tinley Park is hosting a carjacking safety seminar Thursday night in partnership with the Cook County Sheriff‘s Office. This is a chance for attendees to learn tips on how to avoid being a victim and learn about vehicle trackers.

“Hopefully we can educate people and give them more tools that they didn’t have to make sure they’re safe,” Glotz said.

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