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Footprints in snow trip up burglary suspects

Evanston police say footprints in the snow led them to arrest three burglary suspects Tuesday afternoon.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says officers responding to a call of a burglary in progress in the 800 block of Hartrey Avenue were told by a witness that three people had run from the scene — one of them carrying a television set.

Guenther says footprints left by the trio led to a home in the 2200 block of Madison, which the three apparently had entered.

He says police set up a perimiter around the home and, while looking through a window, saw one of the subjects running through the house.

Police entered the building and began to search it and found three young men hiding in the attic.

Officers also recovered items from the suspects including purses and jewelery they believe were stolen.

Two of the suspects — Michael Javon Smith, 18, of 1633 McDaniel Ave., and Jamir M. Johnson, 18 of 2209 Madison St., have been charged with residential burglary and are scheduled to appear in Skokie district court next month.

The third suspect, a 16-year-old from Evanston, will face burglary charges in juvenile court.

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