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Two charged in New Year’s Day laundromat burglary

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Evanston police say they've arrested two women in connection with a burglary early New Year's Day at a laundromat on Dodge Avenue.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says officers on patrol about 1:25 a.m. Sunday near Main Street and Dodge were flagged down by a a person who said it looked like burglary was in progress at the Laundry World at 838 Dodge Ave.

The ofifcers found a broken window at the business and detained a person standing nearby, Jessica Avalos, 24, of 1423 Dewey Ave., who police say turned out to be carrying latex gloves, a screw driver, vise grips and wire cutters.

Detectives later concluded from video surveillance footage that a former employee of the business, was also involved in the burglary. She was identified as Magdalena Guzman, 22, who also lives at 1423 Dewey Ave.

She was taken into custody just before noon Sunday in the 1700 block of Emerson St.

Police say they don't know whether any money was taken in the New Year's Day burglary, or whether the incident was related to a burglary on Dec. 22 in which $300 was taken from the same laundromat.

Guzman now has been charged with burglary and Avalos with possession of burglary tools. They're both scheduled to appear in district court in Skokie at 9 a.m. Jan. 27.

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