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Evanston police, in partnership with members of the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force, seized a large quantity of property while executing search warrants at 1904 Emerson St. on Feb. 15. Police Commander James Elliot said police believe the property was stolen in residential burglaries committed in Evanston and nearby suburbs over the past six months.
Evanston police initially obtained a warrant to search the house for narcotics after receiving complaints from the community that drugs were being sold from a residence in the 1900 block of Emerson. In searching the house, Cmdr. Elliot said police found a substantial amount of narcotics, as well as five handguns, three shotguns and two rifles. Police also discovered what they believed was a large quantity of stolen property. A second search warrant was then obtained to seize the allegedly stolen property.
The second warrant was executed by members of the NORSTAF Burglary Task Force and the Evanston-Wilmette-Skokie task force. Cmdr. Elliot said investigators in the three communities have been working together for the last six months to gather intelligence and to solve residential burglaries, which showed a marked increase in all of the communities starting in August 2007.
The allegedly stolen property seized at the residence includes several flat screen televisions, digital cameras, high-value watches and jewelry, numerous DVDs and video games, fur coats, flatware, lap top computers, cell phones, crystal pieces and coins. Police also seized $52,000 in cash.
“It was the largest seizure of stolen property in Evanston, at least in my 20 years.” Cmdr. Elliot said. “At this time the estimated value is in excess of $100,000.”
So far, the seized property has been linked to 20 robberies in the area, Cmdr. Elliot said at a press conference on Feb. 21.
Rengay Frazier, 36 years old, and Allan Boyland, 42 years old, both residents of 1904 Emerson St., were both charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of cannabis and the unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Rengay Frazier has also been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, with felony unlawful possession of cannabis, possession of stolen property, and other gun violations.
Cmdr. Elliot said Andre Frazier, the brother of Rengay Frazier, was charged with residential burglary.
Investigators are continuing to work on the case, and are continuing to attempt to link the property to reported burglary incidents. Cmdr. Elliot said Evanston police have worked closely with Wilmette and Skokie police in the past and what makes this case different is the formalization of their joint work. He said it is incumbent on police departments to form partnerships and to combine their resources to provide a high degree of services the public demands.