Online dating leads to car, jewelry theft in South Bend

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It’s one thing to be a heartbreaker in the dating world, but a Chicago man is accused of taking heartbreaking to a whole new level.

Daniel Smith is accused of stealing a car and jewelry from a South Bend woman he met online last Thursday, according to ABC 57.

Court documents say that Smith was staying with the woman at her residence on South Irish Hills Dr. for two days. The victim told police that she woke up at about 2 a.m. Thursday and found her keys, jewelry, car, and Smith himself gone.

Witnesses later told police that Smith had gone door to door asking for gas money before he took off. This after police in South Bend and New Carlisle received a report in the New Carlisle area about a suspicious person in the area of Chicago Trail and Snowberry Road near the Toll Road.

When officers arrived, they allegedly discovered Smith inside the stolen car along side of the road, stuck in the snow. He told police that he was en route to Chicago when he tried to make a U-turn and became stuck. At first, he gave police a fake name before eventually coming clean about his identity.

Smith was arrested on marijuana possession, theft, and auto theft charges. He also had an outstanding warrant out of Cook County, Illinois for parole violation.

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