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In a pickle: 4 nabbed breaking into train car

By Peter Nickeas

Tribune reporter

7:16 AM CDT, June 5, 2014

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Using thermal imaging and a helicopter, police say they nabbed three men and a woman who broke into a rail car carrying pickles early this morning.

The four fled, leaving behind a case of pickles, as officers moved in around 1 a.m. at 24th Street and Rockwell Avenue, about four blocks from Cook County Jail, police said.

The officers called out descriptions of the burglars as they chased after them and caught three within about fifteen minutes, police said.

The fourth was spotted by a Chicago Police Department helicopter using an infrared camera, police said.  The helicopter was able to guide officers to the fourth person who was hiding in thick brush, police said.

The four were first spotted by railroad police south of 24th Street and just east of Rockwell Avenue with the help of thermal imaging, and then were seen breaking into two rail cars, police said.

Packing pellets were loaded in one and pickles in the other, police said. Chicago police were notified and swarmed the area, police said.

Charges were pending this morning.

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