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Homeless man charged with car break-ins

Evanston police say they’ve arrested a homeless man they say was breaking into cars in the city.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says that before dawn Sunday morning officers responding to a citizen report of a man trying to open car doors in the 1300 block of Ashland Avenue spotted a suspect, but he managed to get away from them on foot.

Evanston police say they’ve arrested a homeless man they say was breaking into cars in the city.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says that before dawn Sunday morning officers responding to a citizen report of a man trying to open car doors in the 1300 block of Ashland Avenue spotted a suspect, but he managed to get away from them on foot.

More than an hour later, Guenther says, officers spotted the same man about a mile-and-a-half away at South Boulevard and Chicago Avenue and managed to stop him.

Guenther says the suspect, DeWitt West Sayles, 37, admitted he’d run from police earlier in the morning.

The officers say that when they searched Sayles they found gift cards that belonged to other people and a camcorder, GPS, car chargers, two iPods and a small amount of marijuana in a shoulder bag he was carrying.

Based on what they learned when they turned on the electronic gear, officers said they were able to learn the owners of the equipment who later identified the missing items and confirmed that their vehicles had been burglarized.

Sayles, whose last known address was 1737 Dodge Ave., now faces three felony charges of burglary from a motor vehicle as well as charges of failure to register as a sex offender and marijuana possession.

He’s scheduled to appear in Skokie district court July 21.

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