Evanston police say an officer patrolling in the 2700 block of Ashland Avenue about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday stopped two Chicago youths walking in the area after noticing one of them checking door handles on cars.

Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the officer found a roll of quarters and a cell phone on one of the male subjects. Both items turned out to have been stolen from unlocked cars — one in the 1700 block of Chancellor Street, the other in the 2100 block of Wesley Avenue.

While the owner of the cell phone declined to press charges, the owner of the roll of quarters did, and the 16-year-old juvenile police say was found with the items has been charged with one count of burglary to motor vehicle and was transported to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.  The second juvenile, 17 years old, was released without charges to his guardian.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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