Two Chicago men were arrested early Wednesday by an Evanston officer on bicycle patrol, leading to charges of burglary and theft.

At about 2 a.m., the plainclothes officer came upon a vehicle in the 1100 block of Greenleaf Street that had been ransacked. Nearby he observed the two suspects checking door handles. When approached, one of the suspects threw a GPS unit into the bushes.

Police believe the pair were involved in six car burglaries in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Dewey Avenue and the 700 block of Forest Avenue. During their investigation, police recovered four stolen GPS units and returned them to their owners.

The officers arrested Jeremy D. Booker, 20, of 4725 N. Drake Ave., and Issac Pineda, 19, of 4518 N. Keystone Ave. Each was charged with one count of burglary, and Pineda received two additional charges of theft.

They are due to appear in Skokie District Court on July 31 at 9 a.m.

EPD Cmdr. Jay Parrott said that a third offender eluded capture and may have additional proceeds from other vehicles.

Parrott noted that all the vehicles involved in these incidents were left unlocked by their owners. He said that the department encourages owners to lock their vehicles, roll the windows to the top, remove valuables, and park in well lighted areas, if possible.

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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