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Teen, 17, charged in connection with FBI vehicle theft

A parking ticket sits on the windshield of an FBI vehicle that was stolen earlier in the morning in the West Loop neighborhood as the car is towed after being found on the 900 block of South Leavitt Street on July 3, 2017, in Chicago. The vehicle was found less than half a mile from the FBI field office located at 2111 West Roosevelt Road. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

A 17-year-boy was arrested for stealing an FBI-issued SUV when an FBI agent left it running at a Near West Side gas station early Monday, Chicago police said Tuesday evening.

The teen, whose name has not been released, was charged as a juvenile with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated battery to a government employee and vehicular hijacking, according to police.

At 1 a.m. Monday, the FBI vehicle, a white 2014 Chevrolet Equinox containing several firearms and tactical gear such as a bulletproof vest, was stolen from a gas station in the 300 block of South Morgan Street, an FBI spokesman has said.

Later Monday, police were able to track down the SUV after a parking ticket was issued to it while it was parked in the 900 block of South Leavitt Street, about two miles from where it was stolen, police said.

Monday night, uniformed and plainclothes investigators huddled on Leavitt Street, where the SUV sat with its gas cap undone and a parking ticket on the window — less than a half-mile away from the FBI Chicago Field Office, visible from the area where the car had been abandoned.

Authorities at that point hadn’t searched inside the vehicle to see if any of the weapons were still inside. Instead, officers called for a tow truck to take it to be processed. Another vehicle was found earlier in the day with some of the gear inside, an official said.

The teen was arrested about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 5000 block of West Washington Boulevard in the West Side’s Austin community, police said.