Chicago Police Have Suspect In Parking Meter Thefts

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Chicago has recently been the victim of an improbable string of parking meter thefts. But you may be hard-pressed to find anybody there who's crying in their beer about it. Police say they've found a suspect. And NPR's Michele Norris brings you this update.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

A little update now: On Monday, we told you about some mysteriously disappearing parking meters in Chicago - big ones, 200 pounds each. And 20 of them have been boosted since September, baffling locals.

Unidentified Man: They been grabbing these like hotcakes. I dont know who and where. I dont see how they could get away with it, you know what I mean?

NORRIS: Well, today, Chicago police charged a man with stealing four of those meters. They say he was driving a Ford van that was caught on video dumping a stolen meter. The suspect: 38-year-old Jeffrey Kaput. That's his real name. And you were expecting, Cool Hand Luke?

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