Guided by signals from a stolen iPhone, Evanston police arrested Tewayne T. Kennedy, 21, of 1932 Jackson Ave., Thursday morning and charged him with residential burglary and criminal trespass in connection with a predawn burglary in the 1100 block of Foster Street.

It was the first of two unrelated arrests in burglary investigations that day.

It all started at about 6 a.m., police said, when a 48-year-old woman in the 1900 block of Wesley Avenue reported to police that she saw someone fitting Kennedy’s description entering her garage through an unlocked service door.

The suspect fled on foot when police arrived, according to Cmdr. Joseph Dugan.

Then at about 8 a.m., Dugan said, officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 1100 block of Foster Street, where a 21-year-old man reported he had discovered someone fitting Kennedy’s description inside his apartment at about 5 a.m., saying he was looking for someone else and must have had the wrong apartment.

The Foster Street occupant told police that the suspect was carrying a tan backpack. When his roommate returned to the apartment, police said, he discovered that his tan backpack containing a laptop computer, an Apple 6 iPhone, and a wallet was missing.

Signals from the stolen iPhone enabled investigators to track the phone to Kennedy’s residence, where the stolen backpack and its contents were recovered, Dugan said.

In the other incident, Kristia R. Berg, 24, of 1458 Chicago Ave., was arrested by Evanston police and charged with burglary in connection with a garage breakin in the 1200 block of Hinman Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Officers had responded to a caller, at about 4:48 p.m., who reported seeing an unknown woman enter the garage of a neighbor. A subject who matched the description was located by officers in the 1200 block of Chicago Avenue. She was identified by the caller as the woman seen entering the garage, police said.

Officers said they made contact with the owner of the garage, an 84-year-old woman, who they said was unsure what, if anything, was stolen from the unlocked garage.

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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  1. Thanks EPD and NPD

    I noticed a more presence of EPD and Northwestern police off-campus,on bikes and cars,this has helped keep it quiet from burglaries for the past three weeks,till the arrest of Kennedy.Chould he be th off-campus burglar? I guess we can wait and see if it keeps quiet.The problem is he will be out soon,longer sentences and some kind of therapy is needed.This is not his first Evanston burglary arrest…

    1. On parole for residential burglary and attempted burglary

      You are correct that this is not his first burglary.  He has a conviction for residential burglary and attempted residential burglary committed in Evanston, even though his address at the time was the 7200 block of South Emerald in Chicago.  https://www.illinois.gov/idoc/offender/pages/inmatesearch.aspx

      Not much time served for those two convictions.  He should have served 54 months in prison but he was paroled in about 15 months.  Could be that he had time served waiting trial in jail but that was less than a year.

      He was paroled in May, 2016.  Have we seen an uptick in Evanston residential burglaries since then?

      This same individual had an arrest for an Evanston car burglary in September, 2013 when he was 17 years old.  News reports listed him as an Evanston teen at the time.

      Sadly, this young adult is on the wrong path and presents a threat to our community.  As it appears that he is headed for prison yet again at age 21, any chance for job training and counseling there?  I fear that nothing will change for him or society at large unless there is focused intervention.


      1. Ok liberals, when are you

        Ok liberals, when are you going to get it that people like this don't want to work. They would rather steal from other hard working citizens. It's easier. No amount of job training will change the behavior. So stop suggesting job training and start demanding that the full sentence be served for the crimes committed. 

      2. repeat offender
        Good comment…a really strong reality check is on order. and that goes for ALL these younger adults. Do they really realize what the outcomes of their crimes will be, and that a life in prison is NO life at all? They’re playing games that they can’t win. Where is the guidance in the younger years, when parents/guardians are supposed to be teaching right from wrong, and that for every action there is a consequence…good or bad. What a shame. Changing ones future is not a difficult thing, when it is correctable. Maybe they just think they’re “cool”. Nothing cool about prisons, for sure.

        1. Not liberal but realistic

          I was the one who researched and commented on the facts that establish this offender seems to be in the "catch and release" program.  Way too little time served.

          But it is wrong to state that I am a liberal.  Instead, I see myself as a realist.

          These two commenters are right–something has gone awry for this guy.  More than one adult in his past has failed him.  As much as we would like to, there is no mechanism to hold those adults accountable for dereliction of their responsibilities. 

          Now it is on him to get his life together so he can live a productive and peaceful life.  Society in general has an interest in this matter as well.

          We have to face the fact that, right now, this is what he knows how to do–he knows how to steal (not particularly well because he gets caught pretty regularly).  The next time that he gets out of prison, that is what he will do again.  He will not allow himself to starve living on the sidewalk.  He will go back to what he knows how to do to eat and stay out of the elements.

          While job training will not convince every criminal to "get a job" (as some prefer stealing over working), job training is what we have as a tool to help at least some of these criminals to see that they have viable options to earn money.

          This offender is young.  If he decides to keep stealing, he will live his life in prison and we will have to pay for that.  That is what must happen as he cannot live in society by continuing to steal.  But if he had some other skills to earn money, perhaps we would not have to continue paying for his room, board and 24-hour corrections officers.

          Did this offender go to Evanston Township High School?  How many young people (age 21 and under) who are arrested in Evanston for serious crimes are attending or attended ETHS?



          1. He’s an adult

            "More than one adult in his past has failed him.  As much as we would like to, there is no mechanism to hold those adults accountable for dereliction of their responsibilities."

            This man is an adult himself. Perhaps he should be held accountable for his own actions, instead of blaming everyone and everything other than the criminal.

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