On July 24, at approximately 2:00 a.m., an Evanston police officer working in plain clothes saw that a vehicle’s interior had been ransacked in the 1100 block of Greenleaf Avenue. The officer checked the area and saw two subjects checking car door handles. The officer conducted an investigative stop of two young males and observed one discard a GPS device into the bushes, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department.  

After further investigation, police discovered that six vehicles had been entered by the two young men, ages 19 and 20 of Chicago, said Commander Parrott. He said the vehicles that had items stolen were parked in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Dewey Avenue and the 700 block of Forest Avenue. Police identified  the owners of four GPS units which allowed for the return of items to their owners, he said.

The two young men were each charged with one count of burglary, and one of the men was charged with two additional offences  theft, said the Commander. He added that police believe a third offender was involved.  

The vehicles targeted in these incidents were left unlocked by their vehicle owners, added Commander Parrott. He said police encourage vehicle owners to lock their doors, secure vehicle windows in the fully closed position, remove valuables from your vehicle and park in well lighted areas if possible.