Evanston police say they took four juveniles into custody late Monday morning, one of whom now has been charged with stealing a cell phone from Northwestern student early Sunday morning.

Cmdr. Tom Guenther says officers were told just before 11 a.m. Monday that four juveniles were walking in the 2000 block of Wesley Avenue, and that one appeaqred to have a gun.

After officers stopped the quartet they found an Airsoft pistol in the waistband of one of the youths.

After the four were taken to the police station, juvenile detectives interviewed the suspects. They say they learned the youths were involved in two other incidents, including theft of the cell phone from the student who’d they’d asked for directions on the porch of his apartment in the 2000 block of Ridge Avenue.

The other incident involved a breakin discovered Sunday afternoon at another building in the 2000 block of Ridge.

One of the juveniles now has been charged with the burglary and the theft. A second has been charged with a city ordinance violation for possession of the air pistol. A third was charged with an unrelated case of criminal damage to property and the fourth was released without charges.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Great news.

    I like to see if these punks are gang related,and are also the same kids involved with other robberies around the campus.Look forward of the pictures of these thieves so i can make sure they are not loitering in my neighborhood.Keep up the watch EPD, great work,I hope the judge does the right thing. 

  2. They will be back—soon

    Strong odds are some judge will let them off with minimal or no time and they will be back on the streets in a very short time.  What will they [and other punks] have learned ?  that they can get away with crime since some soft-hearted judge and probably Evanston liberals will take pity on them for having a 'hard life' [even if their parents were upper class] and not want to hurt their emotional development by putting them in jail.

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