Evanston police nab Chicago men in string of car burglaries

Ciara McCarthy, Summer Reporter

Jeremy Booker (left) and Issac Pineda (right)

Police arrested two Chicago men early Wednesday morning in connection with a series of car burglaries in south Evanston.

An officer was patrolling the 1100 block of Greenleaf Avenue when he discovered a ransacked car, police said. The officer spotted the two men, Jeremy Booker and Issac Pineda, trying the door handles of parked cars in the neighborhood. The officer stopped to speak with them and saw one toss a GPS device into a nearby bush.

Police said Booker, 20, and Pineda, 19, stole GPS units from six unlocked vehicles in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Dewey Avenue and 7000 block of Forest Avenue.

Officers returned four of the stolen units to their owners, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

Police believe a third person was involved in the burglaries, and he or she may have stolen more items from other cars.

Booker, of the 4700 block of North Drake Avenue, and Pineda, of the 4500 block of North Keystone Avenue, were charged with burglary. They are scheduled to appear in court July 31.

Ciara McCarthy