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Brake lights lead to burglary arrests

Evanston police say two Chicago men have been charged with breaking into cars after officers wondered why a driver kept his foot on the brake while his car was parked.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says the incident happened early last Thursday morning when officers on patrol spotted the car with two men inside sitting in the 900 block of Monroe Street.

Evanston police say two Chicago men have been charged with breaking into cars after officers wondered why a driver kept his foot on the brake while his car was parked.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says the incident happened early last Thursday morning when officers on patrol spotted the car with two men inside sitting in the 900 block of Monroe Street.

When the officers approached the car to talk to the occupants they noticed what they said was a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car, and when they patted down one of the many they found a glass smoking pipe in his coat pocket.

After the men consented to a search of the vehicle, Guenther says, the officers found a car stereo with frayed wires, a radar detector, a satellite radio, two garage door openers and three car stereo remote controls inside.

Questionned about that, Guenther says the men confessed that they’d been breaking into cars to steal items from them.

The two, Jose Alberto Ortiz, 18, of 4827 N. Springfield, and Sergio Ricardo Kestler, 22, of 7244 N. Hamilton, are now scheduled to appear in Skokie district court on Jan. 11 to face felony charges of burglary to a motor vehicle.

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