Evanston police caught two suspects in car burglaries Sunday evening and ultimately linked the pair to four auto and one home burglary.

It all started at about 8 p.m. Sunday as officers responded to a car burglary in the 1700 block of Keeney Street. While touring the area, they were advised by witnesses of another car burglary that had just occurred in the 2000 block of Washington Street.

They located two suspects who were subsequently identified by witnesses as the perpetrators. Property recovered from one of the subjects linked that offender to a car burglary in the 1700 block of Greenwood Street as well as another in the 2100 block of Washington Street.

While the two suspects were in custody, police learned that one of them matched the description of a residential burglary that had occurred in the 800 block of Brown Avenue on May 18.

The final scorecard resulted in four auto burglary charges against both men and a residential burglary charge against one of them.

Paul R. Downs, 18, of 1619 Oakton St., and Marshawn Q. Page, 17, of 1922 Dodge Ave., were each charged with four counts of auto burglary, while Downs received the additional charge of residential burglary.

They are due to appear in Skokie District Court on June 3 at 9 a.m.

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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