Evanston police say an officer on routine patrol about 4 a.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of Dodge Avenue stopped two male juveniles who were riding bicycles down the street.

The youths were found to be carrying a garage door opener and a small television monitor and were taken to the police department for curfew violations.

About 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, a resident from the 1500 block of Crain Street contacted police reporting that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle and used the garage door opener to open the garage, where they stole two bicycles as well as the garage door opener.

Officers were able to confirm that the bicycles and garage door opener the two juveniles in custody were in possession of were the items taken from the Crain Street incident.

Both juveniles are males, 15 years old, one a resident of Chicago and the other a resident of Evanston.

Both juveniles were charged with curfew violations, burglary and burglary to a motor vehicle and were petitioned to juvenile court.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the incident is a sign of why residents need to be vigilant about keeping the doors to their homes, garages and vehicles locked to reduce the threat of falling victim to a crime.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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