Broken, abandoned cars were piling up in the 4700 block of Nogal Street, near the heart of Lincoln Park, back in 1989. Residents kept calling police to complain.
So police put Sheila Kinney on the case. She was a community service officer, focused on crime prevention, not crime response.
She talked to residents, staked out the street. And in a few weeks, she discovered the cause. A mechanic was running an illegal scheme: Towing cars, fixing them up, then charging owners for the repairs. And his shop was on Nogal Street.