Evanston police say that after increasing patrols in response to a wave of burglaries, they’ve arrested two burglary suspects in recent days.

Commander James Elliot says police responding to a report of a garage burlary in the 1000 block of Dobson St. shortly before dawn Saturday spotted a man running near Dobson and Ridge Avenue, just a few doors east of the burglary scene. Officers following footprints in the newly fallen snow located the man hiding in bushes about two blocks away in the 800 block of Brummel St.

They took the suspect into custody and found property nearby that later was identified as items taken in the burglary of two cars inside the garage.

The state’s attorney’s office has approved a burglary charge against the suspect, Alfonso Vega Jr., 29, of 1836 Hartrey Ave. in Evanston. Vega is scheduled to appear in district court in Skokie at 9 a.m. on Dec. 28.

Last Wednesday, officers arrested Cameron D. Hull, 27, of 7 Rainbow Cove in Jackson, Tenn., in connection with the theft Dec. 9 of a 42-inch flat-screen television and other items from a home in the 2200 block of Crain St.

Police say they learned from interviewing neighbors that one neighbor had seen a man the neighbor recognized leaving the victim’s residence carrying a large flat-panel television and placing it a car parked behind the home.

Further investigation led police to take Hull into custody for questionning, and the state’s attorney’s office authorized filing a burglary charge against him. Hull is scheduled to appear in district court in Skokie at 9 a.m. on Jan. 8.

Chief Eddington says that with the number of crimes reported, it’s likely that additional burglars are working the area.

City Manager Julia Carroll says the police department has six additional officers, beyond regular beat patrols and the problem-solving team, working the burglary issue. She says the additional officers are conducting foot patrols in plain clothes.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, and a number of residents have been voicing concerns about a wave of burglaries in the south Evanston neighborhood, but an upsurge in break-ins has also been reported in the north end of the city.

Today’s crime bulletin lists seven burglaries in the 8th Ward, three in the 5th Ward and one each in the 2nd, 3rd and 6th wards discovered since last Thursday.

Carroll urged residents to lock their cars and not leave anything in the car that would be tempting to a burglar. She also urged that doors and windows to homes and garages be kept locked as well.

Many, though not all, of the burglaries have occurred from vehicles and garages that were left unlocked.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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