Evanston police say two juveniles have been charged with criminal trespass for allegedly trying to steal items from cars in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Cmdr. James Elliot says officers following up on a residential burglary call, saw three youths in the 1700 block of Greenwood Street around 3:15 a.m. peering into a parked car with a flashlight.

When the youths saw police they fled on foot.

Officers managed to capture one suspect nearby and found another hiding outside a home in the 1300 block of Dodge Avenue.

Despite calling in a K-9 unit, police failed to locate the third youth.

Elliot says officers found a car in the 1400 block of Dewey Avenue that had been ransacked, but the owner didn’t believe anything had been taken from it.

He says the two suspects — one a 16-year-old from Chicago, the other a 15-year-old from Evanston — admitted looking for unlocked cars they could enter and search for items to steal.

They’ve now been referred to juvenile court. Elliot says they weren’t charged with auto burglary because nothing was recovered that could be linked to any vehicle they’d entered.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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