Two burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the 1900 block of Orrington Avenue in the overnight hours of Tuesday were likely committed by the same offenders, although it is too early to tell for sure, according to Evanston police.

Documents, cash, and a cell phone were taken from a 2018 Honda, and some cash was removed from  a 2006 Toyota.

EPD Cmdr. Ryan Glew said “it is too soon to tie these incidents together with evidence, but with the similar MO (method of operation), time frame, and basically the same location, it is likely the same offender(s).”

Often, police have said in the past, it typically happens that a team of offenders walks down the street in the middle of the night, trying the doors of parked cars, until they come upon one that is unlocked. Then they will take whatever is readily available and move on to the next car.

That is why they advise residents to lock their cars at night and why so many auto burglaries are of unlocked vehicles, they contend.

Other items in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police:


1454 Elmwood

Paul K. Nguyen, 32, of 1720 Maple Ave., was arrested at Evanston police headquarters at 10:52 a.m. yesterday and charged with domestic battery.


1454 Elmwood

Carlos Vazquez, 29, of 4032 N. Octavia Ave., Norridge, was arrested at Evanston pollice headquarters at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 and charged with theft.

2100 Dempster

A 2018 Ford was stolen from a retail establishment in the 2100 block of Dempster Street around 1:16 p.m. yesterday.

Incidents listed appear among the official reports of the Evanston Police Department. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt, which can only be determined by a court of law. Court appearances take place in Cook County 2nd District Circuit Court in Skokie. 

Related Document:

Crime Bulletin (23Jan19)

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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