Evanston police say a caller who thought it looked suspicious for a man who rode up on a bike to get into an unlocked car led to the arrest of a man now charged with burglarizing the vehicle.

Evanston police say a caller who thought it looked suspicious for a man who rode up on a bike to get into an unlocked car led to the arrest of a man now charged with burglarizing the vehicle.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the incident happened around 7:15 p.m. Friday, and police responding to the scene managed to locate a subject matching the description provided by the caller.

Parrott says the suspect, identified as Marcus A. Austin, of 9008 S. Essex in Chicago, tried to flee the scene after spotting the police.

But officers detained him and located a witness who identified Austin as the man who’d entered the car, a 2003 Mercedes ML320.

Police also located the car’s owner who said nobody should have been in it.

Parrott says Austin then admitted going into the car and taking money from it.

Austin, who’s been charged with burglary, is scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on June 21.

Parrott says the department encourages residents to report suspicious activity and noted that but for the tip, the burglary might have gone unsolved.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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