Evanston police say officers managed to capture one of two auto burglary suspects they spotted early Thursday morning in the 1300 block of Washington Street.

Police Cmdr. James Elliot says police got several calls from residents about two people checking door handles of cars parked in the block — which set off several car alarms.

Responding officers found two men in dark clothing running from the area. They chased the men on foot and managed to capture one of them, identified as Jodi D. Manuel, 18, of 8049 S. Woodlawn in Chicago.

Officers recovered a Tom Tom GPS unit, about $10 in coins and a Swiss Army knife which police say Manuel dropped during the pursuit.

Detectives determined that the knife and the GPS system were taken from two different cars in the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Maple Avenue.

Manuel has now been charged with two counts of burglary from a motor vehicle and is scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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