Homeless man swipes Corvette, joyrides to strip club: Police

Homeless man swipes Corvette, joyrides to strip club: Police

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CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Police say a homeless south suburban man saw a convertible Corvette with the keys in the ignition and took it for a spin to a local strip club, the SouthtownStar is reporting.

The car's owner, a 46-year-old Beecher man, left his red 1981 Corvette with an open top parked in front of the Chicago Heights Police Department on Halsted Street with the keys in the ignition Aug. 14.

When he returned, the car was missing and police dispatch broadcast the theft. A police officer on patrol immediately spotted the car traveling east on 14th Street from Hill Top Avenue, and stopped it at Division Street.

The driver, 39-year-old Cortez Tarver, said he saw the keys in the ignition and just wanted to “check it out,” then spent several minutes playing with the radio before deciding to drive it to Jimmy's Gentleman's Club at 401 W. 14th St., when he was stopped by police.

A check revealed Tarver had been reported missing in Chicago before the incident.

He told police he thought the Corvette was a very nice car and he would like to buy it from the owner.

He was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle.

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