Police say homeless man swipes Corvette, joyrides to strip club
By Kate McCann Correspondent September 3, 2014 9:33AM
Updated: September 4, 2014 2:12AM
Police say a homeless man who happened upon a convertible Corvette with the keys in the ignition took the car for a spin to a local strip club.
The victim, 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 spotted the car traveling east on 14th Street from Hill Top Avenue and stopped the man 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” and then spent several minutes playing with the radio before deciding to drive it to Jimmy’s Gentleman’s Club, 401 W. 14th St., when he was stopped by police.
A check of Tarver revealed he was reported missing from an unknown place in Chicago before the incident.
Tarver also said 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.