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Evanston police recently tracked down a stolen cell phone using the phone’s GPS tacking system, which in turn led police to two men who were charged with felonies of auto burglary and/or unlawful use of a credit card, said Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department. 

On Sept. 19, at 9:00 p.m., Evanston police received a call that a car was burglarized in the 1100 block of Lincoln Street. On the scene, police were told that someone broke the front passenger window of her car and had stolen her purse containing credit cards, two cell phones and twenty dollars in cash, said the Commander. One of the cell phones was equipped with a GPS tracking system. 

Using the phone’s tracking system, police tracked the phone to a residence in the 1900 block of Foster, said the Commander. At the residence, police employed the victim’s phone security GPS tracking system, activating an audible alarm. Officer’s heard an alarm sound from the basement area, which was occupied by a relative of the homeowner, and police located the phone as well as other suspected items, said the Commander. Police then saw a man hiding in an adjacent backyard, and later recovered additional items from his residence, which were connected to two other Evanston auto burglaries, said the Commander. 

Police subsequently tracked down a second man who allegedly used the victim’s credit card. 

The two men, 49 and 50, were both residents of Evanston. One of the men was charged with felonies of burglary to auto and possession of stolen property. Both were charged with felonies of unlawful use of credit cards.