In separate incidents, two bicycles and a cell phone were reported stolen in Evanston. These among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

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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  1. Motor vehicle theft at 1214 Dobson

    Hmmm. Only theft? Actually, there was a high-speed police chase through neighborhood streets where kids were playing, finally ending when the driver of the stolen vehicle hit the curb at Barton and Dobson, drove across the lawn of the house at the corner and crashed into a car parked in the driveway of the house next to it. Three guys took off from it, with a cop on foot in pursuit. The officer managed to detain all three of them because Barton ends in a cul-de-sac and there was no place for them to go. This was the second high-speed police chase ending in a car crash on the same corner this summer. The other one ended with the car actually crashing into a brick house. These high-speed police chases through neighborhoods filled with kids need to stop, especially when the criminals are only car thieves.

    1. More speed bumps needed

      I know this won't stop the dumb mentality of car thieves..(who think they'll never get caught), but I wish there were a lot more streets with speed bumps…..just sayin'…I'm sure it's costly.

    2. High speed chases

      I believe that our police should avoid high speed chases in most situations. Too many bad outcomes are possible, and many involve innocent bystanders, other motorists, or the police themselves being hurt or worse. I hope the EPD has effective guidelines on how to and when to pursue, and how to identify and apprehend people without high speed chases. That said, I wonder how the Cook County prosecutors treat criminals in a stolen car fleeing at high speed and endangering the community? In general, felony violence or gun charges are often pleaded down to misdemeanor charges and time served. People charged in Evanston shootings and murders have usually been arrested multiple times for similar incidents in the past, and quickly cycled back to the streets each time.

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