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Evanston police have charged three juveniles in two separate motor vehicle thefts.  

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the first incident occurred on Sunday, Nov. 13, about 6:45 p,.m. in the 1800 block of Washington Street.  A 27-year-old pizza delivery driver left his 2001 Volkswagen running while he was delivering a pizza on the block when an unknown subject entered the vehicle and drove away eastbound on Washington Street.

About 7:14 p.m. an officer on patrol observed the stolen car unoccupied in the gas station at Howard Street and McCormick Boulevard.  A male subject returned to the vehicle and was stopped by the officer.

The subject, a 17 year old from Dekalb, Illinois, was taken into custody and the keys to the vehicle were recovered in his pocket. The juvenile was charged with one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and transported to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center because he had an active warrant from Dekalb County.  

Dugan says the second incident occurred about 9:51 p.m. Sunday when officers on routine patrol observed a white Toyota occupied by three individuals driving southbound on Ridge Avenue from Howard Street that had been reported as stolen in Chicago.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the 7500 block of north Seeley Avenue, but all three juveniles exited the vehicle and attempted to flee.

The driver, a 16-year-old male from Chicago was taken into custody right away.  A passenger, a 17-year-old male from Evanston was taken into custody near Howard Street and Custer Avenue.

A female passenger who fled on foot was not located by responding officers.  The juvenile driver was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and petitioned to juvenile court.  The male passenger was charged with criminal trespass to vehicle and petitioned to juvenile court.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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