Police were called to R. Kelly’s studio after the keys to a rental car belonging to an Atlanta TV news crew were stolen Sunday night.

Just before midnight, Chicago police responded to the theft.

A news crew from WGCL (CBS) Atlanta left their rental car running to cover activity outside the musician’s studio and told police it took less than a minute for someone to steal the key fob.

Police said they were told someone got out of a black SUV, went into the news crew’s rented 2018 Chevy Malibu and took the keys from the center console. The suspect then got into the SUV and took off southbound on Justine Avenue, according to police.

The investigative crew from the CBS affiliate in Atlanta said they got out to confront who they believed to be R. Kelly getting whisked out of the studio just before midnight, and that’s when they claim someone stole their key fob.

“It’s absurd,” said R. Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg. “These guys are out there and they think someone stole their key fob. They probably just lost it themselves and are looking for a cover story, but they think someone stole their key fob. How does that have anything to do with Mr. Kelly?”

R. Kelly’s attorney believes the news crew is making up the story to make his client look bad. The musician and Chicago native’s life has been under the microscope as he fights allegations of sexual abuse by multiple women.

So far no arrests.

Hope the CBS46 crew opted for the insurance when they rented it.

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