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Evanston police say they’ve arrested two men who’d allegedly been stealing copper downspouts.

Cmdr. Jay Parrott says tactical officers on patrol Friday afternoon spotted two men behaving suspiciously in the 900 block of Chicago Avenue.

Parrott says the officers, after questioning the two, recovered two large plastic bags filled with cut up pieces of copper downspouts.

The officers also discovered locations in the 200 block of Main Street, the 500 block of Lee Street and the 900 block of Forest Avenue where the two allegedly had used metal snips to remove downspouts.

The two, who told police they’d used public transportation to get to Evanston, have now been charged with three felony counts of theft.

They are identified as Ryan T. Hanley, 30, of 10524 S. Spaulding Ave. in Chicago, who’s currently on parole for theft, and Richard W. Latoria, 27, of 340 Medill Ave. in Northlake.

They’re scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on March 21.

Parrott says police are still trying to determine whether the two may be responsible for recent copper downspout thefts from two area churches.

Top: Richard Latoria and Ryan Hanley (EPD photos).

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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